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Proceeds benefit Libros para Todos. Bellas Artes Auditorium, Friday, July 13, 2018, 7:00pm

Cuban pianist Fidel Leal has been a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, toured Europe, and won first place in two international competitions. The young musician was described by Pedro de la Hoz, a leading Cuban music critic, as “one of the most important Cuban pianists of his generation to storm into the first decade of this century.”

Leal, making his San Miguel debut, will be giving a single concert at the Bellas Artes at 7pm on Friday, July 13, in a concert of Cuban repertoire, a Bach prelude and fugue, and the hair-raising and brutally difficult Sonata No. 7 in B flat, by Serge Prokofiev.

Prokofiev, like Dmitri Shostakovich, wrote many of his greatest works under the tyrannical eye of Joseph Stalin. While Shostakovich had it worse under the dictator, even at one point fearing his own execution, Prokofiev received a huge shock in 1940, during Stalin’s “Great Purge,” when one of the composer’s closest friends and collaborators was arrested and shot. The three piano sonatas that soon followed, Nos. 6, 7, and 8, were jagged, nervous, and defiant expressions of the composer’s rage. Sonata No. 7 has remained the most popular of the set, with its furiously exciting finale – a sort of rock-and-roll toccata – but its technical difficulties have kept it off many concert programs. Leal has the technical skill and youthful verve to tackle it.

The Steinway Series is a benefit concert series for Libros para Todos, a nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire children in Mexico to read more, particularly those children and young adults residing in rural communities where access to books is limited. (For more information, visit makingreaders.org.) The series, held quasi-monthly, always employs the Bellas Artes’ nine-foot Steinway concert grand as a solo or ensemble instrument, and has developed a reputation for excellence.

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