Arquetopia’s music programs have made solid strides in progress since our last report, intertwining growing educational programs for young musicians with important professional opportunities. This past summer, Arquetopia sponsored two very successful chamber music concerts in two of the most prominent venues in Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico.
The first of the two summer chamber music concerts, held July 28, was performed to a full house at the Capilla del Arte, a beautiful art museum and concert space of the Universidad de las Americas (University of the Americas) in Puebla’s downtown Historic District. The concert showcased the new Ensamble Arquetopia, a new “collective” of international professional musicians dedicated to performing chamber music from the Renaissance to the present. The musicians featured on this concert were American clarinetist and Artistic Director Christopher Davis; Mexican clarinetist Citlalli Rosas, principal clarinetist of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Puebla (State Symphony Orchestra of Puebla); and special guest artist Lisa Maresch, Japanese-American concert pianist and prominent music educator now based in San Francisco California, who was Artist-in-Residence at Arquetopia for four weeks of collaboration during July and August. The ensemble performed memorable works by Mendelssohn and Baermann, followed by Maresch who took the stage with a valiant solo program of piano works consisting of Liszt, Baley, and Scriabin.
The second summer chamber music concert of Ensamble Arquetopia, held August 11, was performed to a full audience in the spectacular cloister of the Exconvento de Santo Domingo, a magnificent former monastery in Oaxaca’s Historic District. This longer concert featured Davis and Maresch; Mexican flautist Andrik Arias; and thirteen-year-old clarinet prodigy Ángel Montellano, also from Mexico. Maresch performed a demanding solo recital of piano music consisting of Liszt, Baley, and Scriabin, and the ensemble performed difficult works by Saint-Saëns, Poulenc, Mendelssohn, and Baermann, receiving a standing ovation from the large audience and several offers for future concert engagements. Highlighting the concert was young clarinetist Montellano’s formal public debut as soloist; he was particularly well-received by the emotionally charged audience. The concert received much coverage by the local press.
Currently, classes are back in session and Arquetopia's educational music programs are back in full swing with regular intensive lessons and rehearsals. The rapidly growing Ensamble Arquetopia is now planning for future workshops and concerts to be performed in Puebla, Mexico City, and the United States (exact locations to be determined). These concerts will again feature Davis and Montellano on clarinet as well as several international musicians, students and professionals alike, on various instruments. Arquetopia will also soon unveil a new scholarship opportunity for a deserving young musician. This scholarship will provide the opportunity to participate in a three-week educational music residency at both locations of Arquetopia in southern Mexico. More information to come!
From deep within our hearts, all of us at Arquetopia thank you for your continued support. We look forward to keeping you informed about our upcoming activities and progress. We wish you a happy autumn and a memorable holiday season.
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