World Famous Eroica Trio

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By Paula Peace

The Grand Finale weekend of the Festival Internacional de Música San Miguel de Allende features the acclaimed Eroica Trio for two fascinating concerts in the Angela Peralta Theater Friday and Saturday August 25 and 26. There are at least three reasons why I am hoping that, whether you adore classical music or are barely acquainted with it, you will join me this weekend for these powerhouse concerts.

First, perhaps you are aware that chamber music is known as the “music of friends.” In the early days, amateur musicians would gather in the evenings to partake of the delights of making music with a small group of friends. The Eroica Trio, rising since 1986 to become one of the world’s most esteemed chamber ensembles, faced a personnel change a few years ago, ultimately welcoming their long-time friend, violinist Sara Parkins, into the trio. I am eager to hear this “new” Eroica share their music of friends.

Second, we have all heard about famous (and infamous) first performances of music, which went on to become timeless classics. I believe it is humbling to be in the audience to hear a piece of music so early in its life! Such is the opportunity when the Eroica share with us the San Miguel premiere of the 2007 Trio-Sinfonia by Kevin Puts. During the last decade, Puts has become one of the most respected young American composers. If the Eroica think so highly of Put’s piece that they will anchor their Friday concert with it, I am not going to miss hearing them play it!

Finally, there is the other wonderful music the Eroica are bringing to us. As a pianist myself, I have been fortunate to perform much of the great chamber music repertoire for piano. Three of my favorites are included in this weekend’s performances! Friday’s program, for instance, includes the jazzy, sultry Café Music by American Paul Schoenfield. Chamber music can be fun! Another favorite of mine, one of the greats is the E Minor Piano Trio by Dmitri Shostakovich. This magnificent 1944 work is dramatic and heartbreaking, full of Jewish melodies, macabre dancing, and tearful storytelling. It’s an important work that speaks deeply of the Holocaust horror.

The Festival’s finale work, the conclusion of Saturday night’s concert, will be the stunning, sensuous, and glorious, Piano Trio by Maurice Ravel. This 1914 piece is a massive tour de force for all three instruments, but the piano part is considered one of the most difficult in all of chamber music. This is the perfect choice to cap the whole month of 2017 Festival concerts!

Saturday morning, August 26 at 12pm, the Eroica Trio invites us to the Miguel Malo Auditorium, upstairs at Bellas Artes, for their coaching of students from the Conservatory of Music in Celaya. All are welcome to observe this fascinating master class.

I hope that you will run to the Peralta Box Office to see if tickets remain for these two final concerts by the exciting Eroica Trio! Complete concert details and the new on-line box office is available through the Festival’s website: festivalsanmiguel.com

 

Concert

Festival Internacional De Música presents:

Eroica Trio

Fri and Sat, Aug 25 and 26, 7pm

Teatro Angela Peralta

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Master Class

By Eroica Trio

Sat, Aug 26, 12pm

Miguel Malo Auditorium, Bellas Artes

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