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Andrew Sords, Acclaimed Violinist, Returns to San Miguel

By Mittie Roger

The illustrious Andrew Sords returns to San Miguel to play two unforgettable concerts with pianist Tim Durkovic. As handsome as he is talented, this violin prodigy is impressing audiences worldwide and receiving abundant praise. Performing across four continents and collaborating with nearly 250 orchestras, Andrew Sords is a captivating musician. His concerts, on Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, at 5pm at St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo, are not to be missed!

Music
Pro Musica Concert Series
By Andrew Sords, Tim Durkovic
Sat, Jan 14, 5pm
Sun, Jan 15, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church, Cardo 6
150, 250, 350 pesos

Sords has received countless awards and distinctions reflecting his career trajectory, including the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s career grant and the NFMC Young Artist Award.  He was described by the Kansas City Start as “the finest violin soloist I have ever heard … an absolute wonder,” and “utterly radiant” by Canada’s Arts Forum.  In addition to being a classical musician, he is also an activist and philanthropist, competing in charity fundraisers such as “Pittsburgh’s Dancing with the Stars,” and with the Minnesota and Atlanta Philharmonics in support of gay rights.

Saturday’s concert will include the grace and beauty of Dvořák, Mozart, Liszt, and Schumann. Dvořák’s Sonatina in G major, composed as a gift for his children in 1893, was the last chamber composition he wrote during his sojourn in America. Mozart’s Sonata in E-flat major was composed when the harpsichord was being replaced by the fortepiano. The harpsichord was limited in its volume changes, while the piano could remarkably play both loud and soft dynamics. This sonata is one of Mozart’s earliest compositions to extensively employ the piano’s dynamic new possibilities. Schumann’s Sonata in D minor was written during one of the most prolific periods of his life when, after winning a lawsuit against his father-in-law, he was finally able to marry his beloved Clara. The sonata is a marvel of organic integration and growth, which are apparent from the opening.

Sunday’s concert will feature exquisite pieces by Grieg, Bloch, Sarasate, and Prokofiev. European cosmopolite Grieg was passionate about the state of his Norway’s musical identity. His exquisite Sonata in C minor for piano and violin was composed in 1887. Bloch’s Baal Shem, Three Pictures from Hasidic Life was written during the year that he acquired American citizenship. Considered as Jewish music, it has no traditional Jewish folk aspects, leaving many questions regarding what classifies this music as “Jewish.” Sarasate’s “Habañera,” from Spanish Dances, can be traced to Spanish Renaissance music as seen in its traditional double-triple rhythms. He inspired many other composers, such as Lalo, Saint-Saëns, and Bizet, who dedicated their compositions with a Spanish flair to Sarasate.

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

 

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