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Festival Internacional De Música Offers Final Full Week of Classical Music Excellence and Fireworks

By Paula Peace

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Continuing its impressive lineup of international superstar musicians, the Festival Internacional de Música San Miguel de Allende presents the third busy week of this 39th season of concerts, master classes, and art lectures. Audiences have been thrilled this month by world-class performances by passionate musicians at the top of their careers… and the excitement continues this week through August 26 in the intimate setting of our acoustically excellent Angela Peralta Theater.

The weekend of August 18 and 19 features the exciting return to San Miguel of the distinguished Daedalus Quartet, whose members hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University. Since winning top prize in the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the group has toured extensively, in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Their concerts this weekend here in San Miguel feature two beloved string quartets by the great master Ludwig van Beethoven, plus works by Franz Josef Haydn and Leoš Janáček. The Daedalus Quartet is also highly respected for adventurous programming and commitment to contemporary music and will perform for us two recent works by American composers Fred Lerdahl and Anna Weesner. These are highly anticipated premieres.

Saturday morning, August 1, at 12 noon, the Daedalus Quartet invites us to the lovely Miguel Malo Auditorium, upstairs at Bellas Artes, to observe their master class coaching of students from the Conservatory of Music in Celaya. These fascinating master classes offer audience neophytes and aficionados alike great insight into the behind-the-scenes preparation for a polished chamber music performance. All are welcome.

Fans of piano recitals will be treated to grand-scale, show-stopping fireworks and passionate operatic drama on Tuesday, August 22, in the concert by Mexican pianist Alejandro Barrañón. Trained in Mexico, Boston, Houston, and Vienna, Dr. Barrañón has designed a sizzling concert of opera paraphrases for solo piano. Fasten your seat belts for Wagner’s “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde, Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote, plus Verdi’s Rigoletto and Melesio Morales’ Ildegonda.

Visual art scholar and gifted lecturer Kahren Arbitman concludes her acclaimed three-part series on Thursday, August 24, at 5pm at the Miguel Malo Auditorium in Bellas Artes, with a slide show presentation and lecture on “Rembrandt: The Man & The Myth.” Arbitman’s lectures have been enormously popular, with the modest 150p admission supporting the Festival’s adventurous season.

The 2017 Festival Internacional de Música concludes August 25 and 26 with concerts by the world-famous Eroica Trio. Talk about saving the best for last! Don’t wait to get your tickets for this violin/cello/piano trio, who play with edge of your seat intensity and passion! And their two programs feature jazzy music, Baroque music, and one of chamber music’s most brilliantly stunning works—the Ravel Piano Trio. Both these concerts are not to be missed!

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

 

Master Class

Festival Internacional de Música presents

By Daedalus Quartet

Sat, Aug 19, 12pm

Miguel Malo Auditorium, Bellas Artes

festivalsanmiguel.com

 

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