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Festival Internacional de Música Presents Red Hot Concerts in Week Two

By Paula Peace

The Festival Internacional de Música San Miguel de Allende continues its impressive 39th Season with a second week, August 11 through 17, of concerts, master classes, and art lectures.

Festival Internacional de Música de San Miguel de Allende:
Second week, August 11–17
festivalsanmiguel.com

The second weekend of August 11 and 12 features two concerts by the red-hot Dover Quartet, recently named as recipients of the 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant, one of classical music’s most prestigious awards. Already recognized with a string of top honors, including sweeping the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet was dubbed by The New Yorker as “the young American string quartet of the moment.” The highly-respected Strad Magazine raved that the Dover foursome are “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble.” It’s easy to understand why those in-the-know will rush to hear this highly-anticipated group in our own Peralta Theater.

The Dover Quartet’s programs include romantic works galore: two of Robert Schumann’s string quartets, plus juicy works by Felix Mendelssohn and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. We will also be treated to the classical grace of one of “Papa” Haydn’s early works, as well as an exciting SMA premiere by Polish composer Szymon Laks. Arrested in Paris in 1940 during the German occupation, Laks played violin while in Auschwitz-Berkenau, where music quite literally saved his life. According to Festival program annotator, Ken Morrow, Laks’s “music is noted for its integration of Polish, Jewish, and French traditions … His String Quartet No. 3 was written in Paris immediately after his return in 1945 and, perforce, deals with the trauma of war and his stated attempt to understand how “people who love music, … who can cry when they hear it, (are) capable of committing so many atrocities on the rest of humanity.”

Saturday morning, August 12, at 12 noon, the musicians of the Dover Quartet return to the Peralta and invite us to experience their master class coaching of students from the Conservatory of Music in Celaya. Audience guests at past similar events have found it fascinating to get this behind-the-scenes glimpse into the scholarship and tutelage involved in guiding young chamber music students.

On Tuesday, August 15, the Peralta Theater will resonate with “Music Without Borders—Music of Mexico and the USA.” The Ensamble Tamayo, veterans of the most prestigious halls in Mexico City, will present mostly 21st century works for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano by Mexican composers María Granillo, Arturo Márquez, and Juan Pablo Contreras. Anchoring the program is the 2004 Pulitzer Prize Music winner, “Tempest Fantasy,” composed by American Paul Moravec. This concert promises a rare evening of contemporary Latin American chamber music, performed by distinguished musicians specializing in the repertoire.

Our very own visual art scholar, Kahren Arbitman, continues her three-part series on Thursday, August 17, at 5pm in Bellas Artes. This slide presentation and lecture focuses on “Caravaggio: Hell on Wheels and Heaven on Canvas.”

Complete 2017 Festival concert and event details and the new, convenient on-line box office are available through the Festival’s website: festivalsanmiguel.com

 

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