North/South Consonance, Inc. continues its 34th season of advocating on behalf of composers from the Americas on Monday evening November 11 at 8 PM when the North/South Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Max Lifchitz performs four recently completed works. The free-admission event will be held at the acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Cuban-American guitarist Jose Lezcano will appear as soloist in the first performance of his recently completed Concierto Cubanero. In three movements, the music is a nostalgic tribute to Cuban musical idioms like the Bolero, Cha-cha-chá, and the sounds of Orquesta Típica. Lezcano has performed throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. The New Millennium Guitar Magazine described him as “a superb guitarist as well as a first-rate composer and arranger.”
The concert will open with the premiere performance of Hayg Boyadjian’s Danzas Ocultas (Hidden Dances) based on dance rhythms and melodic turns derived from Eastern and Western folk-music. Born in Paris, Boyadjian grew up in Argentina eventually settling in Massachusetts where he studied at the New England Conservatory and Brandeis University.
diss-FUNK-shun by Roger Wesby will open the second half of the program. A respected choral conductor, for many years Wesby lived and worked in El Salvador and Costa Rica where he conducted the National Youth Symphony and also directed the School of Music of the National University. Wesby’s new work is built around funky cross rhythms, spiky dissonances and exciting instrumental textures.
The program will conclude with a performance of Max Lifchitz’s Yellow Ribbons No. 42, a work that belongs to a series of compositions written as homage to the former American hostages in Iran. The single movement work juxtaposes quotations from ancient colonial Latin American hymns, North African melodies, and innovative contemporary techniques.
For further information about the concert and recording activities sponsored by North/South Consonance, Inc. please visit http://www.northsouthmusic.org/