St. Louis Tango Band Cortango Appears at River Campus


img_0794Cortango Orquesta, a St. Louis tango band, will perform a concert in the Chamber Music Sundays at Three series Nov. 6 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Founded and led by Cally Banham, St. Louis’ own tango band blends traditional Argentine tango music with classical and jazz styles.  The concert will be hosted in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at 3 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased for $17 by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at

Cortango Orquesta is a “dance band with a symphonic twist” featuring members of the Saint Louis Symphony.  They perform popular classics from the Golden Era of Tango and contemporary Tango concert music.  The band is named for the “Cor anglais” meaning “English horn”, and their song arrangements are created originally by band members and by Argentine bandoneon player and Tango arranger, Julian Hasse.

Born from a desire to perform live music for social dancers, Cortango Orquesta has since evolved into a fusion concert ensemble, performing Tango, jazz and classical styles.  Their debut was at the St. Louis Ritz Carlton’s “Nuesta Milonga” in May 2013.  They also have performed at Cary Hall in New York City, at the Midwest Tango Festival, and twice at Powell Symphony Hall.  They have participated in community programs with the Saint Louis Symphony, performing for patients at Siteman Cancer Center and for veterans at The Jefferson Barracks.

Cortango released their debut album “Tandas” in 2015, which is available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.  Their album release was featured on the national PBS show “Arts America.”  Cortango is a featured collaborator on a new recording scheduled for release in November 2017.