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Renowned Clarinetist and Marimbist Return to San Miguel


By Mittie Roger

Two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and Mika Stoltzman,  described by the LA Times as a “high-wire jazz marimbist,” will return to San Miguel de Allende for two unforgettable concerts in January, part of Pro Musica’s 2019 schedule.

The unusual combination of these two instruments is delightfully intoxicating, hugely energetic, and always innovative. The illustrious superstars will be joined by their pianist son, Peter John, for their not-to-be-missed concerts on Friday, January 4 at 5pm and Sunday, January 6 at 4pm, both at St Paul’s Church on calle Cardo.

When Richard Stoltzman isn’t winning Grammys, performing chamber music or jazz, or recording, he collaborates with his equally talented marimbist wife, Mika. Audiences worldwide rave about her spirited and emotive performances, as well as the unique quality that results from combining their instruments. Their onstage interactions are highly memorable. Richard and Mika have been described as having, “amazing versatility and crossover ability” that “showed-off their jazz abilities” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).

On Friday, concertgoers will delight in Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. Poulenc believed in making music for pure enjoyment—a perfect piece for this concert! The eclectic program includes Brahms’s Lullaby, several of Gershwin’s Preludes, and Porgy and Bess, at heart a folk opera but now regarded as a major classical work. This all makes for a fascinating concert to suit all tastes. Other delights will include Claude Debussy’s Première Rhapsody, Maurice Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Étude, Bill Douglas’s Waltz Cantando and Feast, and more.

On Sunday, audiences will delight in Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata, dedicated to Benny Goodman, with whom he later premiered the Poulenc sonata featured in Friday’s concert. The wildly popular and brilliant West Side Story, based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, will enthrall you in the hands of the Stoltzmans, with their special arrangements for these instruments. J.S. Bach’s artistic, emotional, and spiritual Chaconne will be performed as well. William McKinley’s Mostly Blues will also be played. Other notable pieces will include exceptional original compositions from Charles Ives, the tranquil beauty of Bill Douglas’s Irish Spirit, Piazzolla’s Years of Solitude and Fuga y Misterio, and the México premiere of John Zorn’s Palimpsest, a unique and eclectic work from a MacArthur fellow.

Tickets for the concert at St Paul’s are 150, 350, and 450 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.

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Pro Musica Concert Series

Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Mika Stoltzman, marimba; Peter John Stoltzman, piano

Fri, Jan 4, 5pm

Sun, Jan 6, 4pm

St Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

150, 350, 450 pesos


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