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Renowned Clarinetist and Marimbist Return to San Miguel for Two Eclectic Shows

Music Pro

By Mittie Roger

Two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and “high-wire jazz marimbist” Mika Stoltzman will return to San Miguel de Allende for two unforgettable concerts.

The unusual combination of the clarinet and marimba is delightfully intoxicating, hugely energetic, and always innovative. These two accomplished musicians will be joined by their son Peter John, who is a pianist, in a not-to-be-missed set of concerts on Friday, January 4, at 5pm, and Sunday, January 6, at 4pm, both at St Paul’s Church.

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 combination of their instruments. The Boston Musical Intelligencer said of them that they have “amazing versatility and crossover ability,” adding that they start off “quite conventionally,” yet soon begin “adding their own flair.”

On Friday, concertgoers will delight in Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. The eclectic program also includes Brahms’s Lullaby, Gershwin’s Preludes and his Porgy and Bess, at heart a folk opera but now regarded as a major classical work. All this makes for a concert to suit all tastes. There will be other delights such as 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 Stoltzmans have also prepared a special arrangement for their favored instruments when they perform West Side Story on Sunday. They will give an artistic, emotional, and spiritual performance of J.S. Bach’s Chaconne and perform William Thomas McKinley’s Mostly Blues. Also in the program are exceptional compositions by Charles Ives, the tranquil beauty of Douglas’s Irish Spirit, Piazolla’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 this concert at St Paul’s are 150, 350, and 450 pesos donation each and are on sale at the Bookshop in the Biblioteca Pública; Solutions, Recreo 11; and through our website with no booking fee. They are also available at the concert 45 minutes before performance time. Details for all Pro Musica’s concerts and on Patron Membership are at the website www.promusicasma.org. You can contact us at promusicasma@aol.com

 

Concert

Pro Musica Concert Series presents

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

www.promusicasma.org

promusicasma@aol.com

 

 

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