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Four-Hands Piano Concert Comes to St Paul’s Church

William Ransom 2

By Mittie Roger

Julie Coucheron and Will Ransom take to the stage Dec 7 and 9 for Pro Musica’s first four-hand piano concerts in many years.

Described as having an “exquisite shaping of phrases” by the Washington Post, Julie Coucheron is a stunning pianist based in Atlanta. William Ransom, a longstanding San Miguel de Allende crowd favorite, has never been featured as a soloist in Pro Musica’s concerts, so this is a great opportunity to hear more of him than we usually do! Don’t miss your chance to see the dynamic duo in two concerts on Friday, December 7, at

5pm, and Sunday, December 9, at 4pm at St Paul’s Church.

Four-hand piano music, in this case a piano duet played on a single piano, includes both original compositions as well as many transcriptions since the repertoire actually written for four hands is relatively limited. A wonderful advantage of this is that there are many famous orchestral works which we may not able to hear in their original form but to which transcriptions provide access. For this reason, four-hand piano transcriptions have always been very popular. The lively interaction between the two pianists is an intimate ballet of ying and yang, and the artists are clearly both personable and charming!

Born in Oslo, Norway, Coucheron began playing the piano at age four. The equally talented sister of violinist David Coucheron, she grew up surrounded by music and earned a master with honors from London’s Royal Academy of Music. Already established on the international music scene, Coucheron has won awards in Italy, Germany, and the US.  She has toured internationally and has been Norway’s Fjord Cadenza Festival director.

Called “one of the greatest of the new generation of pianists” by Argentina’s La Voz, pianist William Ransom also started to study music at a young age, winning scholarships to the Juilliard School. Beyond a myriad of performances in some of the world’s greatest concert halls, Ransom has performed for the American Ambassadors to Japan and Ireland.

Friday’s program will include works by Beethoven, Barber, and Brahms. On Sunday, the concert will include works by Mozart, Debussy, Saint-Saëns.

Tickets are 150, 300 and 400 pesos donation each and are on sale at the Tesoros gift shop in the Biblioteca Pública; at 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 promusicasma.org, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com

 

Concert

Pro Musica Concert Series presents

Julie Coucheron and William Ransom, four-hands piano

Fri, Dec 7, 5pm

Sun, Dec 9, 4pm

St Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

150, 300, 400 pesos

promusicasma.org

promusicasma@aol.com

 

 

 

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