Alberta Bair Theater
October 14, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Concert Cues | 6:45 p.m.
Witness the passionate energy of authentic Argentine tango in this fiery show with bandoneon player Hector Del Curto and tango dancers. This concert features works by Arturo Marquez, Alberto Ginastera and Astor Piazzolla.
Hector Del Curto
Hector Del Curto was born to play the bandoneon. He began winning awards in Argentina by the time he was 17. Not only does he play with the Hector Del Curto Quintet, he also formed the Hector Del Curto Tango Orchestra. In 2014, he established the Bandoneon Intensive Workshop and the Stowe Tango Music Festival, the premier Tango festival in the United States.
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Danzòn No. 2
Mexican composer Arturo Márquez composed Danzón No.2 when it was commissioned by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Since it’s premier in 1994 it has become a staple of Mexican contemporary music. It was inspired by the danzón dance style after Márquez visited a ballroom performance in Veracruz. (Tunefind Webpage) Danzón No. 2 can also be hard in Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle.
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) was born in Buenos Aires and is recognized as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. He was commissioned to compose Variaciones Conertantes by the Argentine Friends of Music in 1953. It was performed for the first time that same year in Buenos Aires. Variaciones Concertantes is a compilation of national and international sounds which Ginastera calls “Subjective Realism.” He strove to accomplish this in all his works. Variaciones Concertantes is dedicated to the founder of the Argentine Friends of Music, Mrs. Leonor Hirsch de Caraballo, and the first conductor to perform this piece, Igor Markevitch.
Astor Pizzolla, known as the “Father of Tango Nuevo,” was born in Argentina in 1921. He received his first bandoneon as a gift from his father when he was 8 years old. He made his first record after only 1 year of lessons. Throughout his life he used the bandoneon to compose and record. He began composing a new type of tango music in the 1950’s, which would eventually become known as Tango Nuevo. Piazzolla continued to develop new compositions of tango until his passing in 1992.