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Tommy Mesa and michelle Cann


Spa Trio - Susanna Phillips, Anne-Marie McDermott, Paul Deubauer

January 20, 2025, 7:30PM

PNC Theatre, 350 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15222

Nadia Boulanger  3 Pieces for Cello and Piano

Andrea Casarrubios  Mensajes del agua

Claude Debussy  Sonata in D minor

Kevin Day  Sonata for Cello and Piano

Nikolai Kapustin  Elegy

Dmitri Shostakovich  Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

Reimagining the chamber music canon for the 21st century, Cuban-American cellist Tommy Mesa pairs his charismatic style with Michelle Cann’s “exquisite” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) command of the piano.

Trailblazing artists Tommy Mesa and Michelle Cann renew their collaboration in a program that reimagines the chamber music canon for the 21st century. This unique concert pairs works by composers like Nadia Boulanger and Kevin Day with Claude Debussy and Dmitri Shostakovich, brought to life by the invigorating talents of two outstanding musicians.

Mesa and Cann, both recipients of the Sphinx Organization’s prestigious Medal of Excellence, share a passion for celebrating composers and performers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in classical music. Cuban-American cellist Mesa has established himself as one of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation. Lauded as “exquisite” by The Philadelphia Inquirer and “a pianist of sterling artistry” (Gramophone), Cann has become one of the most sought-after contemporary pianists.

This concert is generously sponsored in part by Russell and Kathy Ayres.