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Sensational Israeli Violinist Itamar Zorman Debuts in San Miguel

By Mittie Roger


Itamar Zorman and Kwan Yi debut in San Miguel in two concerts that are sure to be a highlight of the season. Zorman took the world by storm after winning the silver medal in the 2011 Tchaikovsky Violin Competition (where no gold medal was awarded). Kwan Yi is an equally gifted musician, and together they make magic. Don’t miss this magnificent duo perform in two different concerts, Thursday and Friday at St. Paul’s Church.

Zorman has a youthful sensitivity; delicate and precise. He connects with his violin as if they are one, leaning into it like a lover, peering upward with a holy gaze, and emitting a stream of perfectly in-tune notes. There is a natural chemistry between Zorman and the immensely talented Yi; together they make a striking duo, performing often (including a recital in Carnegie Hall) and releasing an album together.

On Thursday, the program highlights include Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in G major. Each of the three movements of this sonata share common thematic ideas, and its title, the Rain Sonata, has the meaning of a unified shower of ideas—but expect a sunny performance! We will also hear Dvořák’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” the fourth of seven from his cycle Gypsy Songs. These are set to poems by Adolf Heyduk in both Czech and German. The fourth song, more than any other, has attained far-reaching prominence. Hommage to Charlie Chaplin will be another featured work; it’s not well known that the comedic icon was also an accomplished composer. In fact, he wrote, directed, acted, conducted, and scored many of his films. Chaplin began his life in London, growing up in unrelenting poverty with a mentally ill mother and an absent father, and he went on to become the cinema’s first superstar who often played the music himself for his “talkies.”

On Friday, concertgoers will revel in works by Schubert and Bartók, among others. Schubert’s Sonatina in D major for violin and piano was likely deemed a sonatina to reduce the pressure on the 19-year-old composer, though he already had some wildly impressive compositions under his belt, such as the lieder Erlkönig and Gretchen am Spinnrade. After a 10-year hiatus from composing for piano and violin, he produced the Rondo Brilliant in B minor for the young violinist Josef Slavík. We will also hear Bartók’s Rhapsody No. 2 with its powerful folk influences of strumming pizzicatos, but without using the actual folk tunes. The composer was known for his in-depth research and collecting of folk material and his Sonata No.1 in C-sharp minor for violin and piano also reflects this.

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, through our website with no booking fee, and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

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Pro Musica Concert Series presents:

Itamar Zorman, violin/Kwan Yi, piano

Thu‒Fri, Feb 1‒2, 5pm

St. Paul’s Church, Cardo

150, 300, 400 pesos


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