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      Leo Brouwer (b. 1939 Cuba)

      Leo Brouwer (b. 1939 Cuba)

      Revisiting Leo Brouwer

      Born in Havana in 1939, Leo Brouwer is one of the world’s more important living composers. At a time in which contemporary classical composers have had a hard time connecting with large audiences, Brouwer’s work, especially his prolific writing for the guitar, has become immensely popular. There is no major guitar player (Julian Bream, John Williams, Eduardo Fernández, Manuel Barrueco, Narciso Yepes, etc.) that does not or did not play some of his nine guitar concerti, or pieces such as his sonatas, the Decamerón Negro, Canticum, La Espiral Eterna or so many others. Himself, a formidable guitar virtuoso, Brouwer stopped performing after a car accident affected his left hand. After that, he dedicated more time to conducting, becoming the principal conductor for the Orquesta Sinfónica de Córdoba, Spain. And guest conducting with several first rate orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic and several other major European orchestras. Due to the longstanding political problems with the US and Cuba, Leo Brouwer is not as well known in the US as he is in the rest of the world.

      Brouwer’s music shows a wide variety of techniques, influences and styles. Often he uses the rhythms and melodies of the Afro-Cuban musical traditions, but he also works with the most abstract procedures of modern music, writing variations on themes by The Beatles and Django Reinhardt or composing the music for a movies such as “Water for Chocolate”, or composes the most romantic passages of the 21st century.

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      Manuel de Falla (Spain, 1876-1946)

      Manuel de Falla (Spain, 1876-1946)

      Homenaje a Manuel de Falla

      Manuel de Falla, the biggest name in Spanish music, had and still has a huge impact on Latin American music as well. As it is well known, he died in Argentina as an exile of Francisco Franco’s fascist dictatorship, which had make even more endearing for Latin Americans of all generations.

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      José Serebrier

      José Serebrier

      José Serebrier, composer

      Uruguayan born José Serebrier is widely known by his stellar career as a conductor of international reputation. Mr. Serebrier, however, deserves has much recognition for his formidable work as a composer.

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      Alondra de la Parra

      Alondra de la Parra

      Mi Alma Mexicana/Mexican Orchestral Music

      This release truly represents what Mexican culture is; not only the well-known picture of folklore, cuisine, colors and breathtaking landscape that amaze visitors, but the modern Mexico, eclectic and baroque in every sense of the word: a rich spectrum of possibilities and exquisitetaste. Mi Alma Mexicana is a Sony recording by Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas with Alondra de la Parra conducting.

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      Gabriela Ortiz

      Gabriela Ortiz

      Latin American Music from the Southern Cone to Mexico

      Framed by tangos, this program features Altar de Neon, a colorful orchestral work composed by Gabriela Ortiz about the Mexican holiday honoring the dead.

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      Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga (1806-1826)

      Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga (1806-1826)

      Three Latino Mozart’s

      There are at least three composers we can relate as the Latin American (and Spanish) Mozart’s. Two of them were called “Mozarts” by his contemporaries: the 18th’s Chevalier de Saint Georges, born in the French-Caribbean island of Gaudaloupe, and the 19th century Spanish-Basque Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga. The third one is the 20th century Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri whose first name was Mozart, precisely.

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      Manuel de Elías (b. 1939)

      Manuel de Elías (b. 1939)

      Living Mexican Composers

      Historically, México, the largest and most populated of the Spanish speaking countries, has been a powerhouse of Latin American music. This is also true for the Mexican living composers. This program presents works by Mario Lavista, Federico Ibarra and others.

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      A Opera das Pedras: Opera of the Stones

      A Opera das Pedras: Opera of the Stones

      A Opera das Pedras: Opera of the Stones

      A newly composed collective Brazilian opera based on the work of the artist Denise Milan and with the participation of composers/performers such as André Mehmari, Badi Assad, Carlinhos Antunes, Clarice Assad, Marco Antonio Guimarâes, Naná Vasconcelos, Tiago Pinheiro.

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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.