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March 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Exploring the connections between visual art and musical creation in Latin American music.
April 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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.
April 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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.
April 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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.
April 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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.
May 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm
The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges exerts a particular fascination on composers from different parts of the world. In this case, we will feature works based on Borges’ narrations by composers such as Mario Lavista (Mexico), Diego Vega (Colombia) and Enric Riu (Catalonia/Spain). Also, in 1965 Astor Piazzolla and Jorge Luis Borges released a historical LP with the title El Tango in which the champion of New Tango put music to Borges’ poetry. Some selections of this work will be also featured.
May 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Esteban Salas, born in La Habana, Cuba, in 1725 and José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita, born in Vila do Principe, Brasil, in 1746, were two of the most talented composers in the last part of the 18th century. Both were trained to perform and to compose religious music, both became music director in important […]
May 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Outside his native Brazil, Edino Krieger is mostly known for his substantial work for the piano. But he was also a very imaginative orchestrator. This program will feature pieces such as Ludus Symphonicus (1965), Canticum (1972) and Estro Armonico (1975).