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Proceeds benefit Libros para Todos. Bellas Artes Auditorium, Tuesday, November 20, 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 second appearance in San Miguel, will be giving a single concert at the Bellas Artes at 7pm on Tuesday, November 20, in a concert of Latin American piano repertoire, an Allemande by J.S. Bach, and the monumental Sonata in C minor, Op. 111, by Beethoven. Musicians hold Beethoven’s Op. 111 in reverent awe; the pianist András Schiff calls it “one of the wonders of mankind.” Even accomplished pianists approach the work with the greatest of caution, and public performances of the sonata, if the musician is up to the task, can create an almost religious bond between the audience and performer. The work consists of a restless, dramatic Allegro, followed by the famous and magnificent Arietta – a twenty-minute set of variations on a songlike theme in C major, so far-reaching that it seems to envelop all music written before, and gaze into the future.

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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