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The Mallarmé Chamber Players will close out their 2015-16 Season with a pair of performances featuring Argentinian songs and tangos. Starting with Terrific Tangos, a Family Concert on Sunday, May 8th at 1p.m. at Duke Gardens will delight young and old. This instructive event will be a great prelude to the final series concert, The Other Side of My Heart, a tango concert on Saturday, May 21st at 8 p.m. at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
In the program Terrific Tangos, flutist Alma Coefman and bandoneon player Julián Hasse will have the audience dancing in the aisles with an educational demonstration of traditional tangos and Argentinian songs. Located in Kirby Horton Hall, the concert is geared towards children ages 5-12 and will be 50-minutes in duration. Before and after the concert, children can try instruments at the Instrumental Petting Zoo provided by High Strung Violins and Guitars. This kid-friendly concert combined with the beautiful Duke Gardens provides a lovely Mother's Day outing which the whole family will enjoy. The family concert series is sponsored by Mark and Cindy Kuhn.
On Saturday, May 21st, Mallarmé will present The Other Side of My Heart, a combination of multi-media original works and traditional Argentinian tango-songs. The first half of the program will present music by Greensboro composer Alejandro Rutty; La otra parte de y Mi corazón en otra parte (The other side of my heart and My heart in another place). This work is based on the real stories of six Latino women that immigrated to North Carolina. A cycle of five songs will be interlaced with recorded interviews that reflect the journeys of these women from their home countries to their new places in the United States. Between laughs and tears, they bravely expressed their dreams and fears and evaluated the things that they lost and the ones they gained. These stories and music will be "accompanied" with projected photography by Felipe Troncoso.
The second part of the concert consists of a selection of Argentine tango-songs performed on traditional instruments including percussion, flute, electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar and piano as well as soprano, vocals and narration.
FAMILY CONCERT: TERRIFIC TANGOS
Sunday, May 8, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens – Kirby Horton Hall
420 Anderson St. Durham, NC 27705
Alma Coefman – flute | Julián Hasse – bandoneon
$5 children 12 and under | $10 adults
Tickets available at the door and online
THE OTHER SIDE OF MY HEART
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
4907 Garrett Rd Durham, NC 27707
Fernando Martinez-Lopez – percussion
Alma Coefman – flute
Guy Capuzzo – electric guitar
Oswaldo Estrada – vocals and narration
Lorena Guillen – soprano
Adam Ricci – piano
lejandro Rutty – piano and bass guitar
Felipe Troncoso - projected images
Alejandro Rutty – The Future of Tango
Lorena Guillén/Alejandro Rutty – The Other Side of My Heart
A. Stampone and C. Castillo – El ultimo café
F. Canaro and E. Romero – Tiempos viejos
M. Pujol – Palermo from Suite Buenos Aires
M. Pujol – Tres piezas marginales
(I. Caserío, II. Baldío, III. Potrero)
Oswaldo – The Weight of a Dream
Azucena Maizani – La canción de Bs As
Mercedes Simone – Cantando
Juan Carlos Cobián – Los Mareados
Carlos Gardel and Le Pera – Volver
Jose Danes and Horacio Sanguinetti – Nada
Eladia Blazquez – Sueno de barrilete
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
$5 Students at the door with I.D.
Tickets available online or by telephone
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Lorena Guillén, voice
Lorena Guillén has been described as a "delicate soprano" by The Washington-Post, The Classical Voice of North Carolina has said that "(she) produces a notably Latin sound, rich and full of expression", "sheer perfection" and The Buffalo News has commented about her tango performances in the following terms: "... sung with the kind of conviction for which Guillén has become known in this material,"
Guillén, vocalist and artistic director, has become a figure of the Tango scene in US by presenting with her Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble imaginative programs that center on, but also expand, the notions of traditional tango standards and "new" tango. Lorena brings her long musical experience, on diverse stages at the national and international level, as a classically trained singer, popular song interpreter and music director, traveling as far as Kathmandu (Nepal) and now taking her own Durham-Chapel Hill choir in tour to Argentina (August 2015).
Alejandro Rutty, piano and electric-bass
Alejandro Rutty's compositional output includes orchestral, chamber and mixed-media music, arrangements of Argentine traditional music, and innovative outreach musical projects. A unique feature of Rutty's music is its affection for textures suggested by modern recording processing techniques, and the use of Tango - a genre he performs as a pianist - and other South American genres as part of the music's surface.
Rutty's compositions and arrangements have been played by many prestigious ensembles including the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil among other groups. Rutty's music has been published by Effiny Music, SCI/European American Music, and Ricordi Sudamericana. Recordings of his music have been released by Capstone Records, Arizona University Recordings, and ERM Media. The Conscious Sleepwalker (Navona Records) including A Future of Tango and other orchestral pieces was released in 2012.
Founder and Artistic Director of the Hey, Mozart! Project, Alejandro Rutty is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
ABOUT MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS
The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of their community through outstanding chamber music. The ensemble distinguishes itself by its innovative educational programs, its commitment to creative collaboration with other organizations, its creation of significant new work, and its dedication to serve a diverse population.
Mallarmé annually presents a series of concerts that features great, diverse, and multidisciplinary chamber music. Mallarmé performs everything from Baroque music on period instruments to newly commissioned works. In 2010, Mallarmé released, to great acclaim, a cd on Albany/Videmus records of chamber music by African American composers. Recent commissions include works by William Banfield and Stephen Jaffe.
Mallarmé is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c) 3 organization. The 2015-16 concert season is made possible in part by grants from the Durham Arts Council's Annual Arts Fund and the North Carolina Arts Council.