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      Placido Domingo in ll Guarany

      Opera Heroes: Melesio Morales & Antônio Carlos Gomes

      Today a footnote in a history full, mostly, of Italian, German and French names, there were Latin American composers that were considered mega-stars in the opera houses of the 19th century: Mexican Melesio Morales and Brazilian Antônio Carlos Gomes.

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      Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)

      Soccer and Music

      It is known that soccer (or fútbol, as it is called in Spanish) constitutes and important element of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese identity. Several composers, classical and popular, have dedicated memorable works to this sport, its emotions, memories and feats.

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      Teobaldo Power (Canary Islands, Spain, 1848-1884)

      Spanish Symphonies

      Few Spanish symphonies, if any, have found its place within the standard repertoire, a strange phenomenon, considering the richness and depth of the existing repertoire in this field. Fiesta! revisits this territory featuring pieces by Tomás Bretón, Andrés Gaos and Teobaldo Power.

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      Edu Lobo, composer

      Edu Lobo, composer

      Canyengue: African Roots – Part 2

      Canyengue is lunfardo (slang) from Rio de la Plata. The word comes from the African Ki-Kongo language and means “melting with the music.”
      It would be impossible to understand the music of the Americas without the African cultural influence.

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      Marlos Nobre

      Marlos Nobre

      Canyengue: African Roots – Part 1

      Canyengue is lunfardo (slang) from Rio de la Plata.  The word comes from the African Ki-Kongo language and means “melting with the music.” It would be impossible to understand the music of the Americas without the African cultural influence.  More than 15 million Africans were forcefully brought across the Atlantic Ocean.  At the same time, […]

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      Blas Galindo (1910-1993)

      Blas Galindo (1910-1993)

      Blas Galindo: Famous Unknown

      As Joaquín Rodrigo’s music has been overshadowed by the extraordinary success of Concerto de Aranjuez, the composer, Blas Galindo has experienced the same fate because of his Sones de Mariachi. This program focuses on the monumental work of Galindo as a symphonic composer as well as the author of some delicate and delightful chamber pieces.

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      Almeida Prado (Brazil, 1943-2010)

      Almeida Prado (Brazil, 1943-2010)

      Impression of Nature

      Well before the Impressionism claimed direct inspiration from nature, musicians from different eras and styles linked the music to the forces of Mother Nature. In this program we will feature masterpieces by composers Almeida Prado (Brazil), José Pablo Moncayo (México), and Alberto Villalpando (Bolivia).

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      Alberto Nepomuceno

      Alberto Nepomuceno

      A Brazilian Romantic Giant: Alberto Nepomuceno

      Alberto Nepomuceno was a dominant figure of Brazilian music in the second part of the 19th century and into the 20th century until the arrival of Villa-Lobos. In this program of ¡Fiesta! we will feature a wide variety of pieces by this composer who is the link between the classical, romantic and post-romantic periods in his country.

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      Opera on Tap Chicago and New World Productions Present: Shadows, Stories and Songs

      Opera on Tap Chicago and New World Productions with the support of Main Street Opera are proud to present an evening of Spanish music and theater entitled “Shadows, Stories, and Songs”. The show will feature two one act musical works – an adaptation of Jacinto Guerrero’s zarzuela “The Guest at the Sevillano Inn” and Manuel de Falla’s puppet opera “Master Peter’s Puppet Show”. Both shows will be sung in Spanish with English subtitles provided. Running July 30-August 15.