Beyond Flamenco | University of Chicago | 03.4-6.10

The festival challenges postcard stereotypes of Spanish culture by exploring the roots of Spanish modernism through serene Renaissance polyphony, provocative 16th-century religious poetry and vigorous 18th-century keyboard masterpieces.

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago Presents (UCP), the University’s professional music presenting organization, and Instituto Cervantes of Chicago announce an exciting festival of Spanish music.  Conceived by Spain’s pre-eminent novelist, Anthony Muñoz-Molina and scholar Joseph Horowitz, and featuring leading Spanish musicians, the three-day Beyond Flamenco: Finding Spain in Music (March 4, 5, 6) celebrates the cultural heritage of Spain through its music, poetry and visual art.  Conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez and pianist Pedro Carboné lead a line-up of piano and orchestral masterpieces by such 19th- and 20th-century composers as Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz and Joaquín Rodrigo, augmented by the drawings and sculptures of Julio Gonzáles on exhibit at the Smart Museum of Art through April 5, 2010.

The festival challenges postcard stereotypes of Spanish culture by exploring the roots of Spanish modernism through serene Renaissance polyphony, provocative 16th-century religious poetry and vigorous 18th-century keyboard masterpieces. Works throughout the festival include the energetic writings of Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albéniz’ rhythmically demanding Iberia.

Beyond Flamenco: Finding Spain in Music is presented by the University of Chicago Presents and Instituto Cervantes of Chicago and co-produced by the Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales (SECC) and Post-Classical Productions. Support is provided by Gobierno de Espana, Ministerio de Cultura, Consulate General of Spain in Chicago, The Women’s Board of the University of Chicago, Smart Museum of Art, and 98.7 WFMT Radio.

::: Festival Schedule :::

Thursday / March 4 / 7:30 pm
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street
$20 / $5 students

Falla and the Music of Faith

Pedro Carboné, piano
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor
Chicago Chamber Musicians
Amy Conn, soprano
Shannon McGinnis, piano
Motet Choir
James Kallembach, director
Antonio Muñoz-Molina, commentary
Joseph Horowitz, host

Falla: Ritual Fire Dance (1915)
Concerto for keyboard and five instruments (1926)
Aquinas: Pange lingua gloriosi
Victoria: Caligaverunt oculi mei (Mine eyes are dim with weeping)
Poetry by John of the Cross: La noche oscura (The dark night)
Victoria: Vere languores nostros (Our failings he has truly taken upon himself)
Rodrigo: Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios
Albeniz: Piano Sonata in D major
Cantallos: Piano Sonata in C minor
Soler: Piano Sonata in D major
Falla: Concerto for keyboard and five instruments

Friday / March 5 / 7:30 pm
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street
$20 / $5 students

Pedro Carboné, piano
Commentary by Pedro Carboné and Antonio Muñoz Molina
Albéniz: Iberia (Books 1 through 4)

Saturday / March 6 / 8 pm
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street
$20 / $5 students

University Symphony Orchestra
Barbara Schubert, Music Director
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, guest conductor
Pedro Carboné, piano

Falla: Pantomime and Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo (1914-1916)
Nights in the Gardens of Spain for piano and orchestra (1911-1915)
Guridi: Ten Basque Melodies (1941)
Turina: Danzas Fantásticas (1920)

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