Chelista, Chelas, y Charlas: Christine Fleming brings Bach’s Cello Suites to SMA

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By Bonnie Watt

Christine Fleming, a cellist and former music teacher, has wanted to share her passion for music with her new community since her arrival in 2015. One of her favorite pieces for cello alone are the Six Suites by J.S. Bach, which she has decided to share with the town over the course of three performances and charlas (chats) about this revolutionary music.

Christine explains, “I wanted to find a way to keep my skills current and at the same time contribute musically to my new community, San Miguel de Allende. I chose pieces that would challenge me and the listener, and that I had always wanted to revisit.”

Each of the presentations will include a musical performance by Christine as well as an informal charla; each presentation will cover two suites, in chronological order, giving the audience a better sense of the music composition and history of the cello suites, which is both intriguing and not widely know.

Christine took this challenge on earlier this summer when she first asked herself, “What if I attempted to ‘decode’ these somewhat mysterious pieces for my audience, but did it in a less formal way, leaving time for questions and discussion inspired by a live performance?”

While the cello suites would probably have been enough of a challenge, she went further asking herself, “What if I could make the presentations bilingual by using some of my new language skills, as well as having a translator to make the program accessible to as wide an audience as possible?”

She began to work earnestly on the project, but she has had her doubts along the way. Christine asked herself, “Would anyone come? Would there be a desire in the community to experience Bach’s music in this way?”

Hopefully, these questions will have been answered with a resounding “yes” by the end of the first concert, which took place on November 8 at Geek & Coffee. The next two concerts will also be on Wednesday at 4pm. The second performance will be on November 15 at Bistro Mi Casa, which is located inside the Instituto, and the final performance will be on November 22 at Emilio’s Pizza Restaurant located up on Salida de Queretaro, just past the Mirador, with parking available a little further up the road.

Admission is free with donations collected to benefit Libros Para Todos and Society for the Protection of Animals. Come enjoy a drink and experience this beautiful and influential music.

 

Concert

“Chelista, Chelas, y Charlas”

By Christine Fleming

Wed, Nov 8, 4pm

Geek & Coffee

Obraje 4, Santa Cecilia

Wed, Nov 15, 4pm

Bistro Mi Casa

Ancha de San Antonio 20, Centro

Wed, Nov 22, 4pm

Cuesta de San José 91, Centro

Free

Donations accepted

 

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