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November 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm
During the last century a huge number of Western composers took a direction that divorced them from their potential audiences and entrenched them in university jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. Well sheltered in their academic cocoons of so-called “avant-garde”, “experimental”, “contemporary”, or “new” music these composers carefully shepherded successive generations in strict observance of this tradition, over a hundred years old by now. Around the 1980’s however, some composers, most of them in the west side of the Atlantic, started to challenge and defy the dry orthodoxy of “contemporary music”. By the first decade of the 21th century these mavericks have, finally, open the windows to a new breeze of music that it is not afraid of beauty, it is not afraid of its links with the traditions of western music and other world traditions and does not reject experiments either, especially successful ones, This is what I call New-New Music.
December 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Let’s pretend that you go to your local orchestra hall and instead of the usual concert menu, you get to listen to a 19th century overture by Brazilian composer José Mauricio Nunes Garcia, a concerto for 4 guitars and orchestra by Spanish composer Moreno Torroba featuring the Romero family, a symphonic percussion piece, by Cuban composer Amadeo Roldán and a symphony by Mexican composer Candelario Huízar inspired on the Aztec culture. Take your seat and enjoy!
December 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Elbio welcomes friend and fellow Uruguayan Carlos Kalmar to our WFMT studio to talk about his orchestras and life as a conductor.
December 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Premiered at La Scala Theater in Milan in May of 1870 under the its Italian title of Il Guarany, this opera by Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Gomes was enthusiastically praised by reviewers, audiences and composers such as Verdi and Liszt. This also marked the starting point of a successful Italian career for Gomes both as a composer and as a music director. Our program features an outstanding recording with Plácido Domingo and Verónica Villarroel in the leading roles.