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The Vienna Kammersymphonie plays San Miguel for Pro Musica

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By Mittie Roger

Meet the Vienna Kammersymphonie (Chamber Symphony), a unique piano sextet hailing from Austria’s music capital. Passionate about reviving forgotten greats along with performing classic masters, their repertoire spans the 19th [1] century to modern-day composers. This exceptional ensemble will give one concert only for Pro Musica on Saturday, November 18, 5pm at St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo. The group specializes in playing full orchestral works specially rewritten for a small chamber ensemble, and you will be amazed at how they are able to make their instruments give the color and range of an entire orchestra.

The Kammersymphonie comprises Nadja Kalmykova (first violin), Aya Georgieva (second violin), Ljuba Kalmykova (viola), Sergio Mastro (violoncello), and Benedict Ziervogel (double bass). Alvaro Siviero will join them on piano for a Beethoven concerto. They made a big splash when they launched in 2006 during the “Year of Mozart,” earning exuberant praise from audiences and critics alike. From Mozart and Beethoven, they moved into less well-known composers, going on to perform an array of classic and contemporary compositions, touring internationally throughout Europe and the Americas.

Sergio Mastro, cello player and artistic director of the group, was born in Italy. Director of “Italian composers at the Minoritenkirche,” he later founded the “Wiener Kammersymphonie” for a Mozart tour. First violin, Nadja Kalmykova of Saint Petersburg, Russia, is a prize-winning violinist, performing as a soloist in festivals and with many prestigious orchestras. Additionally, she plays in a duo with her sister, Ljuba Kalmykova, appropriately called “Twin Duo,” which won all of the Norwegian national chamber music competitions a few years ago. Aya Georgieva, second violin, who hails from Bulgaria, began to play the violin when she was only five years old. She has toured internationally and her passion for early classical compositions inspired her to study baroque violin. Ljuba Kalmykova, viola player, started playing violin at the tender age of six, moving to viola as a teenager. She went on to work with many greats in master classes, performing in festivals and earning awards in several music competitions. Benedict Ziervogel, double bass player, is Viennese and studied at the Zurich Music Conservatory, going on to perform as a soloist with the Ensemble Kanazawa/Japan, among others. Now a professor at the Gustav Mahler Academy, he was also a solo in the Ensemble Resonanz.

For their concert in San Miguel, the Kammersymphonie will perform the first movement of Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 4. Thanks to a unique transcription we will also hear the whole of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor. This is the first time, we believe, that this work has been played in San Miguel. Finally, the program includes Hans Gál’s Five Intermezzos and Erich Korngold’s Märchenbilder; both composers were child prodigies.

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 Pública; La Conexión, only at Aldama 3; and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

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Pro Musica Concert Series

The Vienna Chamber Symphony

Sat, Nov 18, 5pm

St. Paul’s Church, Calle Cardo

150, 300, 400 pesos


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