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Internationally Acclaimed Violinist Charles Wetherbee to Play San Miguel for Pro Musica

By Mittie Roger

Violinist Charles Wetherbee, called “a consummate artist with flawless technique” by the Washington Post, will grace the stage in San Miguel de Allende for one unforgettable concert, accompanied by outstanding pianist David Korrevar. Delight in the sumptuous sounds of Wetherbee’s renditions of Respighi, Schubert, Chausson, Sarasate, Albéniz, Paganini, and more on Sunday, October 7, at 5pm at St Paul’s Church on calle Cardo.

A child prodigy and international violin superstar, Charles Wetherbee has performed all over the world with international orchestras and his own chamber music ensembles, Carpe Diem, where he plays first violin, and Opus 3, of which he is a founding member. A faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder, his passion for current music has led him to premiere several major contemporary works in international venues as well as on national media, such as NPR’s show Performance Today.

Sunday’s concert will take listeners on a magical journey through some of the greatest works ever written for the violin. Paganini famously set the bar higher than anyone before him for violin composition. We will hear his Twenty-Four Caprices, a rite of passage for aspiring solo violinists. Paganini’s works require more than spectacular technique: they demand a level of emotive quality few artists can express fully, but which Charles possesses in abundance. Respighi is best known for his hyperbolic orchestra works, but his sonata is at the other end of the spectrum. It’s as if all the trappings have been stripped away and the composer has left us with only the cleanest, most magnificent lines of the work.

Schubert was a famously prolific composer, despite his tragically short life, and he might compose as many as eight songs in a single day, dashing some of them off in an hour or so. Fantasy is certainly one of those, and it is written at a time of such dazzling productivity that the master at times struggled to recognize his own works! Knowing that he was terminally ill, he created an opus of otherworldly masterpieces, of which Fantasy is certainly one.

Sarasate was one of the greatest violinists who ever lived—a spectacular virtuoso. Also, a well-known composer of exquisite, but fiendishly difficult, virtuoso violin works, he created “Caprice Basque” to stretch even his extraordinary technical muscles, so to speak and also to present an authentic version of himself through the art of his music. Inspired by Spanish music, his influence can be heard in the offbeat accents reflective of flamenco dance. Albéniz’s Suite España, including the tango, was originally written for solo piano but this arrangement for the two instruments charms and delights audiences wherever it is played. Like Charles Wetherbee, the composer was a child prodigy, from the age of four, but even he did not reach Charles’ breathtaking record of playing his 1,000th concert before the age of 16!

Tickets for the concert at St Paul’s are 150, 300 and 400 pesos donation each, and are on sale at the Tesoros Bookshop in the Biblioteca Pública; Solutions, Recreo 11, through our website with no booking fee, and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

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

 

Concert

Pro Musica Concert Series presents

Charles Wetherbee, violin; David Korrevar, piano

Sun, Oct 7, 5pm

St Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

150, 300, 400 pesos

promusicasma.org

promusicasma@aol.com

 

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