Pro Musica Concert Series
Amit Peled, cello, Alon Goldstein, piano
Wed and Thu, Mar 18 and 19, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
200, 400, and 500 pesos
By Linda Laino
After his stunning performances for us two years ago, we are thrilled to welcome back Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled to San Miguel de Allende. Commemorating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Peled will perform the complete cycle of Beethoven cello Sonatas over two concerts. Raised on a Kibbutz in Israel and playing since the age of 10, this former basketball star is one of the most charismatic cellists working today and is known for his artistry and commanding six foot, five-inch stage presence.
Peled has performed extensively as a soloist with some of the most prestigious orchestras and in renowned concert halls throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall in London. His accomplishments are legion, including publishing a children’s book, A Cello named Pablo, that follows Peled’s life, from his early aspirations to play basketball to the greatest concert platforms of the world performing on Pablo Casals’ 1733 Goffriller cello.
Critics have described his stage presence as “amiable and inviting,” and he is legendary for his technical prowess, glowing tone, and performances that dazzle the audience with his sublime energy. Peled will be accompanied by virtuoso pianist, Alon Goldstein, who delighted audiences here when he played for us a few years ago.
They will perform all, five of Beethoven’s cello Sonatas over the two concerts. Widely celebrated as a highlight of the cello repertoire, the sonatas cover Beethoven’s three major creative periods. To hear all five played in sequence is to take a journey through the composer’s life, and to realize how innovative these great works are, though they were considered revolutionary at the time.
Wednesday’s concert will present Sonatas 1, 2, and 3, and Thursday’s program repeats Sonata No. 3, along with 4 and 5. Sonatas 1 and 2 are considered some of the most stunning and virtuosic works ever written for the cello, and featured the instrument for the first time in chamber music. Beethoven was virtually deaf by the time he composed No. 3, but despite this tragic circumstance, this piece shines with positive energy and radiates humor and joy.
The 4th and 5th Sonatas, composed during his late period, are deeply spiritual, experimental, and dramatic. Although shorter than the others, they are characterized by struggle and triumph and are full of pathos and passion. One critic describes them as “a prayer that must surely be the most beautiful movement ever written for cello and piano.”
Beethoven’s masterful Sonatas possess a force of intensity and range of expression not achieved by other composers of the time, so don’t miss these unique concerts in which we celebrate a master composer with master musicians!
Tickets for the concerts at St Paul’s are 200, 400 and 500 pesos donation, and are on sale at the Bookshop in the Biblioteca Pública; 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, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org