Carlos Chavez: A Celebration!


Carlos Chavez in 1940

Rachel Rosales, soprano

Claudia Schaer, violin

Bruce Wang, cello

Nuiko Wadden, harp

Max Lifchitz, piano

Saturday, Nov 14 at 3 PM

Bruno Walter Auditorium

Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts

111 Amsterdam Ave (at 65th St)

New York City

Rachel Rosales

Rachel Rosales

On Saturday, November 14 at 3 PM North/South Consonance, Inc. will present a program devoted to the music of Carlos Chávez, the late Mexican composer and conductor who lived between 1899 and 1978.

The event will take place at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (111 Amsterdam Ave at 65th St) in New York City. Admission is free. No Tickets required.

One of Latin America’s most famous composers, Chávez was a powerful figure in México’s cultural life. He founded the National Symphony Orchestra and also directed México’s National Conservatory. In 1947, Chávez became the founding director of the National Institute of Fine Arts.

Well known in the US and Europe as a conductor and lecturer, Chavez appeared at the helm of most major symphony orchestras and delivered the 1959 Charles Elliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. His most popular work is the Sinfonía India, an orchestral fresco full of vigorous, obsessive rhythms reminiscent of Aztec dances. His musical output is vast and exhibits great variety and diversity.

Chávez is closely identified with the artistic movement known as the “Aztec Renaissance.” This movement aimed to revive the music of Pre-Columbian México hence creating a true, non-European, Mexican sound.

The concert will feature vocal and instrumental compositions written during a span of approximately 55 years, from around 1915 until the early 1970’s. Included in the program will be the youthful arrangements of Mexican corridos (popular revolutionary songs) published in 1915 as well as the Madrigal for cello and piano written in 1920. Also included will be the three seminal Sonatinas written in 1924 (one for solo piano, one for violin and one for cello) written in 1924 that exhibit all the elements of Chávez’s mature, nationalistic style will also be performed. The Invention for Harp and High Vocalisse (1970) for coloratura soprano will also be performed. These works exemplify the composer’s infatuation with the modernism and experimentation rampant in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Chavez’s masterful arrangement of Four Traditional Ecuadorian Songs written in 1942 while traveling in South America will also be performed.

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