Canada’s Finest, the Bravour Piano Trio, Celebrates Canada’s 150th Anniversary

Bravour Piano Trio

By Mittie Roger

Buzzing with excitement for Canada’s sesquicentennial, we are honored to participate in it with some of the greatest musicians in the country. Delight in the “flawless technique” of pianist Mauro Bertoli, the “burnished … tone” of Jethro Marks, and the “poise and sensitivity” of Paul Marleyn (Toronto Star, Chicago Classical Review, The Guardian). Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Canada with the classic style of the Bravour Piano Trio on Friday, December 1, at 5pm and Sunday, December, at 4pm, at St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo!

Pro Musica Concert Series
By Bravour Piano Trio
Fri, Dec 1, 5pm
Sun, Dec 3, 4pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6
150, 300, 400 pesos

As we dedicate these performances to Canada’s 150th anniversary, it’s interesting to reflect on the role of dedications in music. Of the works that will be played on Friday, Schumann’s Märchenbilder, or Fairy Pictures, has several unique dedications, among them Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski, a respected violinist, composer, and writer. An intimate friend to the Schumanns, Liszt, and Brahms, he is barely acknowledged in the pages of history beyond this dedication. Chopin dedicated his Polonaise to Joseph Merk, a composer and cellist who had deeply inspired the young composer, claiming that Merk made songs “more beautiful than they really were by his playing, which is so full of soul.” Piazzolla dedicated his Le Grand Tango to the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich who even premiered it in New Orleans. Shortly thereafter, Piazzolla had a fatal stroke, and we lost one of the greatest original musicians. These works and more will be featured in Friday’s concert.

On Sunday, we will hear the Brahms Trio in A Minor, inspired by the beautiful clarinet playing of Richard Mühlfeld, who inspired Brahms to continue composing. The concert also features Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata in C major. The composer struggled with censorship all his life because of his conflicted relationship with the Stalinist government and its control over the arts, and all his works are a paean to artistic freedom. The program also includes Mendelssohn’s Viola Sonata in C minor. A child prodigy with an eidetic memory, he played symphonies from memory and learned Greek for fun; the quintessential Renaissance man, he wrote this impressive piece at the age of 15. Smetana, like Mendelssohn, was also a child prodigy. Sadly, a series of tragic events, including the death of three daughters and his wife, as well as losing his hearing, marred the story of his life. He wrote his “Trio,” which the Bravour will play, after the death of his oldest daughter. His incredible suffering seeps from this composition.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are 150, 300, and 400 pesos donation each and are on sale at Tesoros in the Biblioteca Pública; 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

 

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