Ahmed Anzaldua presents piano pieces based on poetry Nov. 8
Date(s) - Sunday, November 08, 2015
First Baptist Church
Ahmed Anzaldua is a Mexican classical pianist, teacher, and conductor of Egyptian descent. He is an active musician, performing in Mexico and the United States frequently as a soloist and conductor with orchestras, choirs, in recitals, and as a collaborative pianist. Ahmed Anzaldúa has eschewed competitions in favor of constantly learning new repertoire and championing new music. He currently lives in the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he is part of the graduate program at Western Michigan University. He is also a member of the contemporary music ensemble Birds on a Wire, and an active freelance pianist, conductor, and teacher in the southwestern Michigan area.
In the last two years he’s performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, recorded for Bridge Records with the contemporary music ensemble Birds on a Wire, released the first commercial recording of the piano works of composer Miguel Bernal Jiménez, and was the featured performer and speaker at the Miguel Bernal Jiménez Symposium held in Morelia.
He presents Federico Mompou’s Musica Callada cycle, piano pieces based on the poetry of St. John of the Cross. Musica Callada is considered Mompou’s masterpiece that exemplifies his often incantatory, meditative sound. It employs very simple melodies but is tinged with sadness, melancholy and a nostalgic echo of a forgotten far-away land.
Tickets for this concert are available HERE beginning Aug 17. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.
If you plan to attend more than one MFSM 2015 event, please consider a Festival Pass for $120. This pass provides admission to Tapestry (Nov. 6), Trio Speranza (Nov. 7),Tisra with Rohan Krishnamurthy (Nov. 8), Anzaldua (Nov. 8), Hildegard (Nov. 9), Shaheen (Nov. 12), Rachel Barton Pine (Nov. 13) and Hot Pstromi (Nov. 14). Festival pass does NOT include admission to Kalamazoo Junior Symphony with Rachel Barton Pine (Nov. 15). A Festival Pass can be purchased HERE.