Voyage Through the Americas

February 28th & March 1st, 2022

Artists: Michael Brown, Orion Weiss, pianos; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion

Voyage Through the Americas celebrates the rich tapestry of musical influences across North and South America, featuring the works of eight iconic composers. Aaron Coplands El Salón México and George Gershwins Cuban Overture were directly inspired by their travels to those countries. Leonard Bernstein was an ardent champion of Latin American composers, including the music of Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentine Alberto Ginastera. Scott Joplin was the iconic master of ragtime, a genre that infused African America, European Classical, and Caribbean influences, while Samuel Barber assembled various American and European dances for his eclectic Souvenirs. Finally, Argentine American Osvaldo Golijov draws on the music of both his home country and Brazil in Mariel, a poignant tribute to his departed friend.

Featuring unique combinations of piano, cello, and percussion, the program will take listeners on a sizzling journey through both hemispheres.

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