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Jenny Lin, Internationally Acclaimed Pianist, plays Liszt, Schumann, and Scriabin

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By Mittie Roger

Jenny Lin is a surprising and eclectic talent! An immensely gifted Steinway artist, she is also a captivating performer, a world-renowned pianist, and an out-of-the-box thinker. This Taiwan-born New Yorker has received rave reviews from The New York Times and the Washington Post (among many others) praising her “remarkable technique” and calling her “one of the most interesting pianists in America right now.” Do not miss her San Miguel debut at St Paul’s Church, on Sunday, October 8, at 5pm.

Franz Liszt was the first pop superstar. Mobbed by the music public of his day, he was a greatly revered artist, known for his free spirit, inspiring “Lisztomania,” a term coined by the poet Heine to describe how women reacted to his recitals with absolute hysteria.  All the works featured in Lin’s concert are really fantasies, despite their varying titles. Liszt’s Sonata in B minor is no exception, with a long, free-form composition, but with thematically connected movements. This structure, coupled with liberty of form, needs a pianist with a phenomenal technique and great inner inspiration to bring out the genius of the piece, allowing the decorative details to meld effortlessly with the overall theme.

In her concert, Lin will also perform Schumann’s famous “Fantasie,” which was dedicated to Liszt, who was also one of the few pianists able to execute the technical challenges of the work. Liszt never performed it although he did teach it; but Clara, Schumann’s wife, added it to her repertoire. Liszt and Schumann were close friends, sharing musical inspirations and dedicating many works to one another, traces of which can be identified peppered throughout their works. The “Fantasie” was intended as a tribute to Beethoven, but was only completed thanks to a large donation from Liszt. It premiered in 1845. However, Schumann was too ill to attend its opening, and Liszt, who was present, wrote to him, “The “Fantasie” that you have dedicated to me is a work of the highest rank. I am truly proud of the honor you have done me in dedicating so grand a composition to me…It is a noble work, worthy of Beethoven, whose career … it is supposed to represent.”

Scriabin’s “Sonata-Fantasy,” the second of his piano sonatas, represents 10 individual moments in his stylistic development. The early sonatas were inspired by Chopin and Liszt, although the later ones diverged significantly from the familiar form, allowing for radical exploration. Even in the earliest sonatas, including this, we can see Scriabin’s development of a strong individual voice.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are 150, 300, and 400 pesos donation each and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca, La Conexión (only at Aldama 3), and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our website: promusicasma.org, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com

 

Pro Musica Concert Series

Jenny Lin, Piano

Sun, Oct 8, 5pm

St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo

150, 300, 400 pesos

 

 

 

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