Latino Music Festival Review- A wonderful program of music September 8- December 1, 2016

11TH CHICAGO LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF LATIN AMERICAN AND SPANISH CLASSICAL MUSIC, SEPTEMBER 8 – DECEMBER 1, 2016

 

Highlights include six World Premieres and three U.S. Premieres;

Collaborations with Ruth Page Center, Ravinia Festival, Old Town School of Folk Music and Ear Taxi Festival; a cultural exchange with Bogotá, Colombia made possible by the MacArthur Foundation; and multiple free concert programs

 

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Elbio Barilari and The Chicago Sinfonietta; photo courtesy of The Chicago Sinfonietta

CHICAGO – The 11th Chicago Latino Music Festival, a program of the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) and Chicago’s only Latino-focused classical music festival, proudly announces its complete lineup and performance schedule. The 11th Chicago Latino Music Festival will take place September 8 – December 1, 2016 at multiple venues throughout Chicago plus a special performance in Bogotá, Colombia. Showcasing programming from the Baroque to the 21st Century, the festival features international artists such as Spanish classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Dúo Belcorde (Manuel Briega, violin, and Adrián Fernández, Spanish guitar), internationally renowned Mexican pianist Mauricio Náder andColombia’s Cuarteto Q-Arte plus Chicago’s Avalon String Quartet, Baroque Ensemble, Chicago Arts Orchestra and the University of Illinois Orchestra.

 

Produced by the ILCC with Artistic Directors and composers Gustavo Leone (Argentinian-born) and Elbio Barilari (Uruguay-born), the annual Chicago Latino Music Festival also serves to develop the careers of Latino composers by commissioning new pieces. This year’s commissions are from Colombian composer Blas Atehortúa and Leone. Both of the commissioned works will be premiered by the Chicago Latino Music Festival in Colombia, prior to being performed here, as part of a cultural exchange funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Gustavo Leone; photo courtesy of Christopher Peppey

 

The Chicago Latino Music Festival also sponsors an artist-in-residence program for Chicago-based musicians that focus on the dissemination of the Ibero-American repertoire. The KAIA String Quartet is the 2016 ensemble-in-residence, performing in the Festival on Thursday, October 6 at Harold Washington Library.

 

   SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 6:00 p.m.

Dúo Belcorde

Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 W. Ohio Street

Admission: Free with RSVP

Duo Belcorde at The Chicago Latino Music Festival

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2:00 p.m.

Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) – 10th Anniversary Concert

Harold Washington Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street

Admission: Free

Based in the city of Morelia, Michoacan, CMMAS formed in 2006 with the mission to promote the development of music and sound art in Mexico. This unique program is an intersection of composition and technology.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 7:30 p.m.

University of Illinois (UIC) Orchestra with Conductor Javier José Mendoza

Merit School of Music, Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall, 38 S. Peoria Street

Admission: Free

UIC Orchestra at The Chicago Latino Music Festival

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 – INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Avalon String Quartet & Cuarteto Q-Arte

Sala de conciertos de la Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia

Admission: $6,000 Colombian Pesos

Funding for this international cultural exchange is provided by the MacArthur Foundation through an International Connections grant for 2016. Program:

Avalon String Quartet

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 6:30 p.m.

KAIA String Quartet

Harold Washington Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street

Admission: Free

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 5:30 p.m. – EAR TAXI FESTIVAL

Avalon String Quartet

Harris Theater, Cube Space, 205 E. Randolph Street

Admission: $15 General / $5 Students

Pablo Villegas

 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:30 p.m. pre-concert lecture, 8:00 p.m. concert

 

Chicago Arts Orchestra with Conductor Javier José Mendoza

Studebaker Theater, Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue

Admission: $25 General / $35 Patron / $15 Students and Seniors

 

 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 8:30 p.m.

Pablo Sáinz Villegas, classical guitar – Embrace The Journey Here

Old Town School of Folk Music, Maurer Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue

Admission: Free with RSVP

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2:00 p.m.

San Ignacio: Ópera de las Misiones Jesuíticas (edition by Fr. Piotr Nawrot) featuring Baroque Ensemble with Conductor Emanuele Andrizzi

Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Avenue

Admission: $10 donation at the door

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2:00 p.m. – INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Avalon String Quartet & Cuarteto Q-Arte

Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Avenue

Admission: Free with paid entry into museum

Funding for this international cultural exchange is provided by the MacArthur Foundation through an International Connections grant for 2016.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 6:30 p.m.

Don Quixote’s Piano featuring Mauricio Nader (piano) and Welz Kauffman (narrator)

Harold Washington Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street

Admission: Free

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 8:30 p.m.

Don Quixote’s Piano featuring Mauricio Nader (piano) and Welz Kauffman (narrator)

Ravinia, Bennett Gordon Hall, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park

Admission: $10 Reserved Seat / $45 Dinner & Concert

Repeat of November 17 program

Mauricio Nader

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2:00 p.m.

Adam Levin, classical guitar

Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Avenue

Admission: Free with paid entry into museum

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 7:00 p.m.

Havana-Chicago Connections featuring Choreographer Victor Alexander

Studebaker Theater, Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue

Admission: $30 General / $25 Students, Seniors and ILCC Members

Conductor Emanuele Andrizzi

 

FESTIVAL ARTISTIC DIRECTORS: Elbio Barilari & Gustavo Leone

Elbio Barilari is a musician, author, professor of Latin American Music at at UIC, the host of the radio program "Fiesta!” on WFMT and an internationally recognised composer. He  is also one of the founders of Volcano Radar, a Chicago ensemble devoted to the exploration of various cultural traditions. As a composer, Barilari has received commissions from the Grant Park Music Festival, Concertante di Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Composer Forums, Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo, pianists Maria João Pires and Marcel Worms and guitarist Eduardo Fernández, and a grant from the Sara Lee Foundation. In addition to works for orchestra, chamber ensembles and solo instruments, he has provided scores for more than forty plays in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

 

Gustavo Leone , PHD, is a Professor of Music in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University of Chicago. He is a recipient of a Walter Hinrichsen Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His music is included in the catalogs of C.F. Peters, New York, and Lyon and Healy, Chicago. Ensembles and organizations such as Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, México, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra have played, commissioned, and recorded Leone’s works. His work for the theater includes composing music for productions at companies such as the Lookingglass Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre.

 

The 11th Chicago Latino Music Festival is funded by the Joyce Foundation with additional support from the MacArthur Foundation. For more information, including how to reserve or purchase concert tickets, please visit Latino Music Festival.

 

All photos courtesy of Latino Music Festival unless otherwise noted

 

 

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