The Latin American Music Center (LAMC) proudly presents its fourth chamber concert in the series “Salón Latino.” The event features some of the finest present and former students from the Jacobs School of Music, as well as invited guests, performing an all-Latin American chamber music program. Participants include the Hammond Piano Duo, Larchemere String Quartet, Yuriria Rodríguez, LAMC Chamber Musicians, visiting Brazilian scholar and pianist Cristina Capparelli-Gerling, and guest conductor Juan Felipe Orrego.
In celebration of the 95th birthday of the founder of the LAMC Professor Emeritus Juan Orrego-Salas, his son Juan Felipe Orrego will conduct one of his father’s most popular works: Canciones castellanas, Op. 20. Back in 1949, maestro Juan Orrego-Salas traveled from his natal Chile to Europe as a guest of the British Council and the French and Italian governments. On this tour he conducted the world première of his Canciones castellanas, which was selected for the XXIII Festival of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) held in Palermo and Taormina, Sicily.
In addition the LAMC will also present its latest recording project FireProof: Latin American Music for Two Pianos, recorded by the Hammond Piano Duo. The album features music for two pianos or four-hand piano by Latin American composers, including Roberto Cedeño (Venezuela), Francisco Cortés-Álvarez (Mexico), Alfonso Montecino and Juan Orrego-Salas (Chile), Ileana Pérez Velázquez (Cuba), and Astor Piazzolla (Argentina).
The program for this Salón Latino also includes compositions and arrangements by Ignacio Cervantes (Cuba), Paul Desenne (Venezuela), Guido Sánchez-Portuguez (Costa Rica), Gabriela Ortiz (Mexico), and Francisco Cortés-Álvarez (Mexico). The concert will take place in Auer Hall at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, 27 March 2014. Admission to the concert is free.