The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is hosting a concert of solo and chamber compositions written or inspired by Latin American composers and themes and performed by Southeast students and faculty.
The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21. Admission is free.
The concert is in conjunction with the “Estamos Aquí (We Are Here)” exhibition currently on display through Oct. 23. “Estamos Aquí (We Are Here)” features contemporary serigraphs by 40 artists who took an opportunity to learn a specialized silkscreen print technique from a collaborative Austin-based residency. Many of the artists are speaking from the Latino/Chicano perspective, and the resulting portfolio of prints expresses their celebrations, sorrows, challenges, popular culture and personal experiences.
The concert features Latin American music and music by local composers including Argentine composer Ástor Piazzolla’s “Libertango,” written to celebrate Piazolla’s liberation from the traditional style of tango to the newer Tango Nuevo style. It has been preformed and recorded by cellist YoYo Ma and has appeared on the BBC Proms television concert series in 2009 on the “Last Night of Proms” with trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom and during this summer’s season with dancers Giovanni Pernice and Joanne Clifton.
Southeast senior Josh Whalen will present his saxophone quartet “For God so loved the World,” and Southeast professor or composition Robert Fruehwald will have his work for solo guitar “Versi” performed by Patrick Rafferty, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Music at Southeast.
“Versi” is based on the music of Domenico Zipoli, an Italian Jesuit priest who moved to Brazil in the 18th century to serve as a missionary. In Fruehwald’s work, Zipoli’s music is recast in a modern style using contemporary Latin dance rhythms. “Versi” was written for American guitarist Robert Trent and was premiered by him at the XIII del Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Angostura in Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, in July 2011.
The concert will end with Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’ “Danzon No. 2,” the world’s most widely played Latin American concert piece. It gained popularity when it was included in the program for conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s 2007 concert tour of Europe and America with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. The piece also plays a pivotal role in the Amazon television series “Mozart in the Jungle.” One of its main characters, conductor Rodrigo De Souza, is modeled after Gustavo Dudamel. In the second season, De Souza travels to Mexico to visit his old teacher and mentor. He returns to his youthful roots when he conducts his old youth orchestra in a touching rendition of Marquez’ “Danzon No. 2.”
Performing at the concert will be Dr. Gabrielle Baffoni, assistant professor of single reeds at Southeast, along with the students of the Southeast Saxophone Quartet and the Southeast Clarinet Ensemble.
The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.