Unlocking the Mystery of the Violin: Gil Morgenstern in His San Miguel Debut

Gil Morgan stern by Ardella Strickel

By Mittie Roger

Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance, violinist Gil Morgenstern will make his San Miguel debut, playing with renowned pianist J.Y.Song for one night only. Devoted to unlocking the mystery surrounding classical music, Morgenstern presents his audiences with a more complete concert experience, meticulously curated from start to finish, placing the music in a historical and artistic context, and organically integrating music with other artistic disciplines in innovative and unexpected ways. The New York Times describes Morgenstern as a “brilliant and musically curious artist.” Don’t miss his one-of-a-kind performance, opening the Pro Musica 2016–2017 concert season, Sunday, October 9 at 5pm at St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo.

Pro Musica Concert Series
Gil Morgenstern, violin; J.Y.Song, piano Sun, Oct ober 9th, Sunday at 5 pm
St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo
$150, $250, $350 pesos

Morgenstern delights in shedding new light on well-knowwell-known works, providing fresh perspectives and insight. To that end, he’ll perform Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 in G Major, which incorporates Russian folk melodies and was dedicated to Czar Alexander I, an “enlightened despot,” whose legal reforms were admired by Beethoven. He will continue with Schubert’s Nacht und Traüme (Night and Dreams), which will be set to the poetry of Mattheus Collin, a leading Viennese poet.


In a nationalist vein, Morgenstern will highlight Manuel de Falla’s Suite Populaire Espagnole, composed of evocative pieces that evoke the Spanish character to which he gave his heart. He then moves to Smetana’s From the Homeland. Both of these are nationalistically inspired works composed once Smetana was deaf. From America, Morgenstern will interpret Gershwin’s from Porgy and Bess, a dynamic and popular work involving fusion of contemporary influences and Gershwin’s attempt to “make a lady out of jazz,” followed by Copland’s Rodeo from Agnes de Mille’s first significant ballet which draws on American folk tunes.


In this captivating concert he will also perform a unique segment named From Bach to Barkauskas, a movement through time, culture, and composition, beginning in 1720 with Bach’s Gavotte en Rondeau, from Partita in E Major, and ending with contemporary compositions from Chen Yi, Harbison, Barkauskas, and Carter. It will include Minstrel, the opening piece of Enescu’s autobiographical “Impressions,” Harbison’s Solitude #2, recipient of both a Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship, and Carter’s Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrasi. Chen Yi’s Memory, composed in 2010, will take listeners, by way of folk elements, through the Cultural Revolution she experienced in China and her subsequent relocation to the countryside. The segment will conclude with Barkauskas’s Partita, an utterly engrossing work based in Baroque form whichform, which employs highly -advanced and hypnotically artistic violin-playing techniques.


Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $150, $250, and $350 pesos donation each and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; 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 web site, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com.


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