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Jenny Lin, piano - concert

Sunday, October 8, 5-6:30pm
St. Paul's Church, Cardo 6
$400, $300, $150

Jenny Lin, piano - concert

This is a one off opportunity to hear what the Washington Post describes as “one of the most interesting pianists in America". Jenny Lin has been hailed for her “gift for melodic flow” and “remarkable technical command” by The New York Times. A renowned Steinway artist, Lin’s “confident fingers” and “spectacular technique”;  will make their San Miguel debut at St Paul’s Church, calle Cardo on Sunday, October 8 at 5 pm.

Jenny Lin embodies a surprising amalgamation of qualities and talents. This Taiwan-born New Yorker grew up in Austria; she is as elegant as she is accessible, and in her technique, she is as powerful as she is refined. Gramophone Magazine called her an “an exceptionally sensitive pianist”, however she’s equally known for her charisma and strong stage presence. Additionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in German Literature from The Johns Hopkins University. Clearly a fascinating woman beyond her immense musical talents, this year will include international tours, including accompanying Phillip Glass in his Piano Etudes, her debut in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, and the release of Melody’s Mostly Musical Day, her illustrated album for children.

To name her accolades would overwhelm the page, but among them are concerts in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, and MoMA, and a multitude of international festivals and concerts. Her discography includes over 30 recordings, and a central role in “Cooking for Jenny” by Elemental Films, a musical documentary about her journey to Spain to meet and work with composer Javier López de Guereña. Recent and popular recordings include, Get Happy, a Broadway tribute with arrangements from many of piano’s greats and “The Spirio Sessions”, a two-piano disc with Uri Caine, and epic renditions of Liszt’s Sonata and Schumann’s Fantasie, both of which will be featured in her San Miguel concert.

All-Music Guide described Lin’s technique as “nothing less than superhuman”. Inspiration and dedication produce Lin’s incredible recordings and performances and Lin is so deeply inspired by the music she interprets that it’s no wonder she leaves her audiences spell-bound. Performing some of her favourites, like Scriabin, Schumann and Liszt for her Pro Musica debut, we know our audiences will feel as inspired as she does. As Gramophone Magazine said of Lin’s recordings of Stravinsky’s solo piano music, it is “another notable achievement from this gifted and imaginative artist.” We can’t wait for you to share in her imaginative gifts as well.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $150, $300 and $400 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión; only at Aldama 3; the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22, and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

Dear Music Lover,

Jenny Lin is a surprising and eclectic talent! An immensely gifted Steinway artist, she is also a captivating performer, a world-renowned pianist and an out-of-the-box thinker. This Taiwan-born New Yorker has received rave reviews from the New York Times and the Washington Post (among many others) praising her “remarkable technique” and calling her “one of the most interesting pianists in America right now.” Don’t miss her San Miguel debut at St Paul’s Church, on Sunday, October 8 at 5 pm.

Franz Liszt was the first pop superstar. Mobbed by the music public of his day, he was a greatly revered artist, known for his free spirit, inspiring “Lisztomania”, a term coined by the poet Heine to describe how women reacted to his recitals with absolute hysteria. All the works featured in Lin’s concert are really fantasies, despite their varying titles. Liszt's Sonata in B minor is no exception, with a long, free-form composition but with thematically connected movements. This structure, coupled with liberty of form, needs a pianist with a phenomenal technique and great inner inspiration to bring out the genius of the piece, allowing the decorative details to meld effortlessly with the overall theme.

In her concert, Lin will also perform Schumann’s famous, Fantasie, which was dedicated to Liszt, who was also one of the few pianists able to execute the technical challenges of the work. Liszt never performed it, although he did teach it; but Clara, Schumann’s wife, added it to her repertoire. Liszt and Schumann were close friends, sharing musical inspirations and dedicating many works to one another, traces of which can be seen peppered throughout their works. The Fantasie was intended as a tribute to Beethoven; but was only completed thanks to a large donation from Liszt. Premiered in 1845, Schumann was too ill to attend its opening and Liszt, who was present, wrote to him: "The Fantasie that you have dedicated to me is a work of the highest rank. I am truly proud of the honour you have done me in dedicating so grand a composition to me…It is a noble work, worthy of Beethoven, whose career… it is supposed to represent".

Scriabin's "Sonata-Fantasy", the second of his piano sonatas, represents 10 individual moments in his stylistic development. The early sonatas were inspired by Chopin and Liszt, although the later ones diverged significantly from the familiar form, allowing for radical exploration. Even in the earliest sonatas, including this, we can see Scriabin’s development of a strong individual voice.

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $150, $300 and $400 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública and online through our website on the Buy Concert Tickets tab at the top of the Home Page; and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

NOTE THAT LA CONEXION NO LONGER SELLS TICKETS FOR ANY EVENTS IN SAN MIGUEL

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

Sincerely,

Michael Pearl, President, Pro Musica

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