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      Gerardo Gandini (1936-2013)

      Gerardo Gandini (1936-2013)

      The Tango Invasions

      Before Astor Piazzolla, the Tango music from Rio de la Plata enjoyed periodic moments of international popularity. But always as dance music, mostly played in nightclubs and on the radio. Piano, chamber and orchestral tangos were written by Argentine and Uruguayan composers, as well as Stravinsky, Kurt Weill and other European composers, before Piazzolla’s time. However, those pieces were more the exception than the rule. Piazzolla was the musician that put tango music into the concert hall and, by doing that, he opened a complete new field for performers and composers from Rio de la Plata. This program of Fiesta! features orchestral and pianistic tango compositions originally conceived as concert pieces.

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      Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

      Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

      Villa-Lobos: Manuscripts and Lost Pieces

      Heitor Villa-Lobos wrote, it is said, over 1,000 pieces. Whether or not this is true, he did write an enormous amount of music. Since he was not a very thorough archivist of his own production and he had a busy life, it was just natural that some works would get lost. This program of ¡Fiesta! features some lost and found pieces by this giant of 20th century music.

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      Diana Arismendi

      Diana Arismendi

      New-New Music

      Starting in the mid-1980’s some composers, particularly in Latin America, started to break away from the constrains imposed by the avant-garde and “experimental” orthodoxies. These composers were interested in recovering a warmer relationship with their audience as well as the freedom of exploring everything, even the traditions of both, popular and classical music. This tendency, that has become much more evident by the beginning of this millennium, represents what we like to call the New-New Music. We will feature works by Miguel Del Aguila (Uruguay-US), Juan David Osorio (Colombia) and even a 21st century Baroque piece by Mexican composer Jesús Echeverría. Please, join us for some audience-friendly New-New Music.

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      Django Reinhardt (1910-1953)

      Django Reinhardt (1910-1953)

      Variations on a Theme

      Variations always have been one of the most effective tools in the hands of composers throughout history. Latin American composer practice this art with enthusiasm and great success.

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      Recent Programs

      László Moholy-Nagy's Construction Z1

      László Moholy-Nagy's Construction Z1

      Painting With Sounds

      Exploring the connections between visual art and musical creation in Latin American music.

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      Joaquín Rodrigo (Sagunto, Valencia, Spain 1901 - Madrid, Spain, 1999)

      Joaquín Rodrigo (Sagunto, Valencia, Spain 1901 - Madrid, Spain, 1999)

      The “Other” Joaquín Rodrigo

      The tremendous popularity of “Concierto de Aranjuez” has made of Joaquín Rodrigo almost a “one piece composer” or just a “composer for the guitar,” which cannot be farther from the truth. In this program, Fiesta! reviews gorgeous and rarely performed orchestral and piano music by this Spanish composer.

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      Juan Correa's The Infant Jesus with Angelic Musicians

      Juan Correa's The Infant Jesus with Angelic Musicians

      Colonial Music from Latin America

      The vast treasure of colonial music coming from the archives of the cathedrals, from Brazil to California and from Perú to México City has become a favorite among Fiesta!’s listeners. Join us for a new visit to the Baroque and Gallant music produced in this side of the Atlantic.

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      Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

      Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

      A Mexican Concert

      Close your eyes and imagine you’re attending a concert at Palacio de Bellas Artes in MexicoCity. A delightful overture by Ricardo Castro, Jorge Federico Osorio performing the monumental Piano Concerto by Carlos Chavez, movie music by Silvestre Revueltas and Joaquin Guiterrez’s Eras Suite Sinfonica, and even a surprising encore.

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      Poetry by Carol Feiser Laque

      Friend and listener of Fiesta, Carol Feiser Laque has written three poems to music featured on Fiesta.

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      Juan Orrego-Salas and the founding of the Latin American Music Center

      One of the foremost Chilean composers, Juan Orrego-Salas (b. 1919)  co-founded the Latin American Music Center at Indiana University, Bloomington. Here, the first director of LAMC speaks about its founding: Orrego-Salas and LAMC.