Saturday, September 8, 2012
Summer in Mexico!
Not only was I (Paula) lucky to spend the whole summer in lovely San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (in the cool central highlands, great climate! ) -- but 6 other ACP musicians joined me there for 4 concerts as part of the San Miguel International Chamber Music Festival! Also joining us were 11 other Board members and Soiree subscribers, making a total of 18 of us from Atlanta in San Miguel for the week of August 12-20. Highlights included George Crumb's Voice of the Whale trio in the 19th century Angela Peralta Teatro (complete with masks, blue lighting and excellent amplification) and Mendelssohn's powerful and dazzling Cm Pf Trio AND the world premiere of a work we commissioned from ASO bassist Michael Kurth featuring Latin rhythms galore (and Alcides on maracas!) for all 7 of us ACP musicians all together in one encore piece. We were proud to be on the Festival roster with the Pacifica Quartet, Cassatt Quartet and Onix Ensamble from Mexico City. In addition to traditional works by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, we performed American music of Ned Rorem and John Harbison. Congrats to the group for 4 strong performances! (And everyone really enjoyed the sunsets and colors and excellent restaurants and jazz clubs in San Miguel. Indeed it was a memorable summer first for ACP!)