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Norwegian Violin Sensation Returns to San Miguel for Concert on 1725 Stradivarius


By Mittie Roger

San Miguel welcomes the return of Norwegian-born violin sensation David Coucheron, known for being the youngest concertmaster in any US orchestra and for performing on his Stradivarius violin, made by the master luthier in 1725.

Get ready to hear the “creamy, highly expressive … sound from his Stradivarius,” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) of this dynamic crowd favorite. Coucheron will give two concerts featuring different programs on Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, at 5pm at St Paul’s Church.

In his previous concerts with Pro Musica, Coucheron has sold out quickly. The illustrious violinist and child prodigy who made a splash in the classical music world when he joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at age 25 as concertmaster began playing a quarter-sized violin at two years old. A highly sought soloist, he has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Olympic Winter Games. He has performed with many prestigious orchestras and has recorded two albums with his sister, Julie, who will accompany in this concert him on piano.

At the March 15 performance, Coucheron will play works by César Franck, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Fritz Kreisler’s Sonata in A Major, originally written as a wedding present for his friend, Eugene Ysaÿs. A violin prodigy himself, Kreisler’s works were often attributed to earlier composers because he did not want to appear egotistical. Only later did people realize that the compositions were actually his. Prokofiev’s Sonata No 2 in D Major, though composed during the Second World War, still carries surprisingly joyous and cheerful tones in its magnificent unfolding.

At the March 16 performance, audiences will enjoy works by Beethoven, Ralph Vaughn-Williams, and Pablo de Sarasate as well as the spectacular virtuoso Julius Conus’s Violin Concerto for Piano and Violin. Vaughn-Williams’s The Lark Ascending is a joyous paean to nature with its soaring melody and birdsong. This arrangement for violin and piano will show it in a new light. The program will also feature Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No 8 in G Major and Sarasate’s Zapateado, a flamenco piece and one of his most iconic works. Beethoven’s sonata was composed when he was both Vienna’s premier piano virtuoso and a violist in the Bonn Court Orchestra. The piece is a striking example of his mature works, even though he was already deaf when he composed it.
Tickets for these concerts are 150, 350, and 450 pesos donation each and are on sale at the Tesoros 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.

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Pro Musica Concert Series

David Coucheron, violin, Julie Coucheron, piano

Fri and Sat, Mar 15 and 16, 5pm

St Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

150, 350, and 450 pesos


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