The Amherst Symphony Orchestra closes its fall 2018 survey of music of Spain and Latin America with three works from Argentina on Sunday, December 9 at 3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.
Argentina is home to one of the world's great opera houses, the Teatró Colon in Buenos Aires. Musical narratives of gauchos and the pampas emerged early in the 20th century, and indigenous Indian, mestizo, creole and dance music associated with Carnival found expression in Argentine concert music.
Estanciones Porteña (Four Seasons) of Buenos Aires (1965-1970) by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), a set of four seductive and beguiling tangos, opens the program. Conceived in response to Vivaldi's Le quattro stagioni (Four Seasons), they were composed for a wide variety of instruments, including bandéon, but are most commonly performed today in a virtuosic arrangement for strings and violin soloist by the Russian composer Leonid Desnyatnikov (1955- ).
After intermission, the ASO performs another contemporary masterpiece, Three Songs for Soprano & Orchestra (2001) by the Argentine-born Osvaldo Golijov (1960- ). Inspired by poems of Sally Potter, Rosalia di Castro and Emily Dickinson, Three Songs demonstrate Golijov's expert and deeply moving mastery of text setting. The concert closes with a brief suite from the ballet Estancia (1941) by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), which evokes the life of Argentine ranchers in four short segments: Land Workers, Wheat Dance, Cattlemen, & Malambo.
For information on ticketing and directions to the concert, see https://www.amherstsymphonyorchestra.com/musicians
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.