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Copeland House Piano Trio Returns to San Miguel

Copland Hous

By Mittie Roger

If you’ve noticed San Miguel celebrating, it’s because the Copland House Trio is returning!

The musicians are from the renowned resident ensemble at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in New York State, which has become a unique creative center for classical music. The trio is led by renowned violinist Nicholas Kitchen, who wowed San Miguel de Allende audiences in November with a stunning all-Beethoven recital, is both dynamic and precise at the same time. Prepare to be delighted by their sheer musicality in two different concerts on Friday and Sunday, March 9 and 11, at 5pm at St Paul’s Church.

On their previous visits to San Miguel, the ensemble has received multiple standing ovations, and it’s easy to see why. Revered as one of the most knowledgeable American repertory ensembles, the trio rejuvenates 150 years of America’s rich musical legacy. Kitchen, also first violinist of the lauded Borromeo String Quartet, is joined by cellist Wilhelmina Smith, the artistic director and founder of the Salt Bay Chamberfest in Maine. Michael Boriskin, the Copland House artistic and executive director, is the trio’s pianist.

On Friday, the concert will feature piano trios by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms. Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 39, fondly called the “Gypsy” because of the Hungarian-inspired Rondo finale, was dedicated to Rebecca Schroeter, a musician with whom he was much enamored. Secretly in love but bound to a loveless marriage by the church, Haydn’s passion went unrequited, and the haunting music is proof of it.

Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 1, Poème, written when the composer was only 16 years old, was also inspired by romance. A bout of tuberculosis and a twist of fate led him to meet his first love, Tatyana Glivenko, to whom the trio is dedicated.

We will also hear Brahms’ sumptuous yet evocative Piano Trio No. 2 in C major. Composed after his piano quartets and quintets and his string quartets and sextets, the piano trio is the culmination of Brahms’ huge artistic vision, a summation of his life’s work.

Sunday’s program will include piano trios by Mozart and Schumann and Debussy’s Cello Sonata. Mozart’s Piano Trio No. 5, written in the same year he wrote his last three symphonies in Vienna, is the fifth of six surviving piano trios. Mozart heightens the role of the cello in these trios, allowing for the modern equilibrium with the violin that is typical today but was not at the time.

Meanwhile, Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano took inspiration from French Baroque composer François Couperin, famous for his monothematic works. But in Debussy’s hands, the piece is a shimmering tone poem.

Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, arguably the most popular of his works, was one of his last compositions before his descent into mental illness. Yet it is an infectious rendition of the joy of life.

Tickets for these concerts are 150, 300, and 400 pesos donation each and are on sale through our website (with no booking fees), at Solutions on Recreo 11, and at Tesoros in the Biblioteca. They are also available La Conexión, only at Aldama 3 and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

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

 

Pro Musica Concert Series

Copeland House Piano Trio

Fri and Sun, Mar 9 and 11, 5pm

St. Paul’s Church, calle Cardo

150, 300, 400

promusicasma.org

promusicasma@aol.com

 

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