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Symphony welcomes guest pianist from Poland, Anna Miernik

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Anna Miernik, a Polish-born Pianist, is the Yucatán Symphony’s special guest this weekend. Photo: Handout

Mérida, Yucatán — Anna Miernik is returning to Yucatán, and this time she’s on stage.

The 28-year-old pianist from Poland, who debuted in Carnagie Hall three years ago was a highlight of a world tour that seems to have been going nonstop.

She joins the Yucatán Symphony Orchestra on Friday and Sunday before continuing her current tour in Monterrey and Oaxaca. She has visited Yucatán twice before, but as a tourist.

The soloist and chamber musician has performed in 31 countries on five continents, and Miernik has won several international and national prizes.

Miernik will perform Ravel’s “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand” as part of the symphony’s fourth program of the season. The piece was commissioned by the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I.

The pianist mastered the piece as a student at the Krakow Music Academy after fracturing a finger in her right hand. She tod reporters that in life “we face many adverse situations.”

The OSY will also perform “Alborada del Fracioso”, which is part of a five-piece suite entitled “Miroirs,” composed for piano by Ravel between 1904 and 1905 and premiered by the Spanish pianist Ricardo Viñes in 1906 in Paris. Later the composer made a version for orchestras.

The performance will close with an interpretation of the “Symphony in D Minor” by the Belgian composer César Franck (1822-1890), who premiered it at the Paris Conservatory in 1889, a year before he died.

Tickets for the concerts on Friday and Sunday cost between 100 and 250 pesos.

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