The Amherst Symphony Orchestra continues the fall 2018 season with the music of Spain and Latin America with music of Cuba and Brazil on Friday, November 9 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. Tickets are available on the day of the concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Arms Music Center. For more information, please call 413-542-2195, email email@example.com or visit www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.
Traditional Afro-Cuban and agricultural worker Guajiro styles first incorporated in art music of Roldan and Caturla find their modern-day expression in the brilliant work of Cuban-born composer Tania León (1943- ). The orchestra performs Alegre (Cheerful), a brief but boisterous work with an exuberant jazz "break", as well as the chamber work La indígena (Indigenous), a collage of melodic memories evoking the sonic environment of León's childhood in Havana. The concert closes with Cuban Overture (1932) by the American master George Gershwin (1900-1937), a giant rumba which draws on popular hits Gershwin absorbed during a vacation in Havana in 1932, as well as the traditional Cuban folk song La Paloma.
Sandwiched between Cuban repertoires are two excerpts from Bachianas Brasilieras #4 and 5 (1942/1945), from a suite of nine works by the Brazilian master Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). Both represent the transformation of Brazilian folk-like materials through neo-Baroque harmonic and contrapuntal practices. Few works in the entire repertoire of concert music of any nationality are as ravishingly beautiful as #5, with its melismatic cantilena for solo soprano and 8 cellos.
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Tickets may be purchased only at the door. Prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens, students with ID and children under 12, and are free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.