Beautiful Music in a Timeless Setting
Complementing the fine musicians who play for the Music in Corrales concert series is the extraordinary venue of the Historic Old San Ysidro Church. Artists have said that they particularly enjoy the wonderful acoustics of the church and the intimate 175-seat limit that allows personal interaction with the audience.
The Old San Ysidro Church epitomizes the independent nature of the people of Corrales. In 1868 severe flooding of the Rio Grande destroyed the original colonial chapel erected near the river prior to 1750. The church was rebuilt in its current location in 1869-70 by parish members who scraped and salvaged old timbers reclaimed from the ruins of that flood.
Misha and Cipa Dichter ……………………….. www.mishadichter.com
Saturday, September 8, 7:30pm
Misha and Cipa Dichter’s reviewers rave about this couple whose musical career has spanned three decades in venues from Honolulu to New York. Their spirits are intimately connected by marriage as well as their love of music, and they now instinctively create a special harmony and richness that a single piano cannot produce. A paired sensitivity to intricate passages and expressive, seamless runs enthralls audiences, bringing new excitement to duo piano scores. The concert’s selections include Manuel Infante: “Three Andalusian Dances”, Franz Liszt: “Les Preludes”, plus works by Barber, Debussy and Copland.
Brasil Guitar Duo
Saturday, October 20, 7:30pm
Young in years, not in musicality, João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have been performing together for fifteen years, perfecting a sublime synchronicity and effortless performance style. From classical Spanish guitar to world-music, their passion and expertise bring audiences to their feet. Their peers praise their “maturity, talent, and perfect technique …unmatched in their execution of intricate Brazilian rhythms.” From Baroque to contemporary, the evening’s composers include Jean-Philippe Rameau, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Egberto Gismonti, and Marco Pereira, plus a work by Douglas Lora.
The Merling Trio ………………………..www.merlingtrio.com
Saturday, November 17, 7:30pm
The Merling Trio is recognized as one of today’s premier ensembles featuring piano, violin, and cello, bringing together musicians from Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds. These artists, endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision, and an impeccable blend of sound will perform the New Mexico premiere of the Second Piano Trio (2012), written for them by Peter Scott Lewis. The remainder of this superb classical evening includes Mozart’s Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548 and the Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66 by Mendelssohn. “The Merling Trio performed with the warmth of a family coming home to play for friends…” is one accolade apt for the Historic Old Church.
Washington Saxophone Quartet ………………………..www.wsaxq.com
Saturday, December 8, 7:30pm
Not your usual saxophone fare! WsaxQ offers a toast to the season with works from 1600 to the 1950s. Known for their sensitivity and consummate musicianship, their dexterous touch on saxophones creates a world of tonality unexpected in the instrument. The instruments evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section. For the Music in Corrales performance this superb ensemble covers pieces as different as a Giovanni Gabrieli Canzona, J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, and selections from West Side Story. These plus Ravel, Tchaikovsky and more create a joyous holiday mood like no other.
Patrick Ball ……………………….. www.patrickball.com
Saturday, January 12, 7:30pm
Conquer the winter blahs with storytelling and Celtic harp with Patrick Ball, who regales us with the story of Turlough O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music. An excerpt from just one glowing review: “Ball is a master of the Celtic harp, a fascinatinds at times like a harpsichord and at other times like bells, but always, beneath his hand, passionate and evocative of the undaunted Irish spirit and the emotional pull of the Irish landscape. Ball is also a skillful actor with an understated style and a gift for both storytelling and characterization…” This will be an enthralling evening with a master of Irish words and song.
Peter Mulvey ………………………..www.petermulvey.com
Saturday, February 16, 7:30pm
Peter Mulvey’s guitar and vocals defy any simple description but elicit glowing comments like “a superb technician with a fondness for ignoring the rules” and “A voice like fine old leather…” Reviews in media as different as Rolling Stone and the Boston Globe extoll his performances. Mulvey’s songs and music blend jazz, folk and blues to create his own genre that touches the soul while teasing the ear. If you think Monk meets Ellington and Dylan with a little Willie Nelson thrown in the mix, it might be close. His warmth and intimate style will enliven a chilly February evening, as he continues finding those elusive moments when a song comes alive through the alchemy of audience, the performer and the song itself.
Alvin Zhu ……………………….. www.alvinzhu.com
Saturday, March 16, 7:30pm
Alvin Zhu is continuing his grandfather’s genetic legacy as a great performing pianist. In the short time since his recognition as a Young Steinway Artist in 2009, his talent and maturity have further blossomed. He has performed internationally to consistent acclaim while continuing studies at Julliard. Zhu loves the music he plays and creates a bond with his audience as his sensitive touch reveals the composers’ emotions. The performance includes Beethoven’s Sonata No. 11, Op. 22, Ballade No. 3, Op. 47 by Chopin, an Hommage à Fauré by Robert Helps, plus pieces by Schumann and Ravel. Valse Fantasie Op. 3 by Mr. Zhu will complete the evening.
CHANGE OF ARTISTS IN APRIL …. ……. check Tracy’s web site…
Vienna Teng, scheduled to perform in April, will be replaced by Tracy Grammer.
Saturday, April 13, 7:30pm Season tickets will be honored.
Since the late 1990′s Tracy Grammer has been changing the face of modern folk music. Described by Joan Baez as “a brilliant artist and unique individual. Her voice is distinctive, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays.” Tracy performs frequently at folk festivals around the country. Before his death David Carter said “Tracy has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard in my life. There’s also a sadness and sorrow and pain and depth of knowledge to Tracy’s playing. I really think there’s nobody like her in the world.” Tracy is known for her intimate connections with her audiences.