Unrivaled Mexican Brass at the Annual Garden Concert

By Mittie Roger

The week of our annual Garden Concert has arrived! Set in a spectacular private garden at Calle Potranca 15 in Colonia Guadiana, this unique event is a much loved fixture of the San Miguel season. The afternoon’s entertainment will consist of the unrivalled quintet, Mexican Brass, now one of the most sought after ensembles of its type in the Americas, having recently debuted at Carnegie Hall. During the long interval, the audience will enjoy unlimited champagne and a magnificent array of 2,000 heavy canapés served throughout the gardens.

Pro Musica Concert Series
Garden Concert: M5 Mexican Brass
Sun, Mar 13, 5pm
Calle Potranca 15
Colonia Guadiana
550 pesos, including canapés and champagne
www.promusicasma.org
promusicasma@aol.com

The program has something for everyone, with classics from Bach and Handel to Rossini to popular hits from contemporary greats, such as Paul McCartney, ending with a spectacular finale featuring the rhythms of Mexico. Now celebrating its first decade, Mexican Brass quickly established itself as the country’s leading brass quintet and has now won international acclaim. Audiences, admirers, and critics rave about their “infectious enthusiasm for performing” and tell us that their “impeccable playing should be heard around the world.”

Combining their talents for virtuosic chamber music in a variety of genres, nonstop interaction with the audience, innate showmanship, delightful Latin American charm, and their one-of-a-kind stylized sound, M5 is known for producing unique musical and theatrical concert experiences. Not surprisingly, an increasing number of contemporary composers write original works for them, one of which will be featured on Sunday’s program.

This dazzling quintet tours extensively to the US and Canada and a host of South American countries, China, and Africa. Apart from their impressive international tours and the plethora of renowned artists with whom they share the stage, they are also dedicated to education outreach. Last year the quintet performed concerts for more than 30,000 children in Mexico, the US, and Canada.

The program for the Garden Concert will appropriately include Handel’s “Hornpipe” from the Water Music Suite, which was composed for King George I to be played on the river Thames by 50 musicians on a barge. Bach’s “Allegro” from his Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 will also be featured. Rather than picturing a mature, serious, wig-wearing Bach, imagine a red-blooded young man in his twenties who will have twenty children, as the composer of this beloved work, which is a joyous celebration of life.

At the other end of the scale, so to speak, Grammy-winning “Michelle” by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, remains a standard of the popular repertoire, and we will hear M5’s unique take on this classic. Written primarily by McCartney, “Michelle” was inspired by the classical pickings of Chet Atkins. Unique for the Beatles, it contains a passage in French, taken from the Paris party where the song was born.

The finale to this remarkable concert will be ¡Viva México! This is a show-stopping tour of all that is best and most loved in Mexican songs and music.

All tickets for the Garden Concert are 550 pesos donation each, to include food and champagne in the interval, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca; La Conexión, only at Aldama 3; the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22; and at the concert half an hour before performance time.

Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our website, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com

 

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