The Amherst Symphony Orchestra closes its survey of music of Spain and Latin America with three works from Argentina on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. 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.
Argentina is home to one of the world's great opera houses, the Teatro Colón 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.
Estaciones Porteñas (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 bandoneón, but are most commonly performed today in a virtuosic arrangement for strings and violin soloist by the Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov (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, Rosalía de 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" and "Malambo."
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 free to Amherst and all Five College students with ID.