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The North/South Chamber Orchestra marks the Cinco de Holiday holiday with a free-admission event featuring works by four Mexican composers

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Cinco de Mayo Celebration

100 Years of Piano Music by Mexican Composers


Max Lifchitz


Max Lifchitz, piano

works by

Carlos Chavez, Manuel Enriquez, Max Lifchitz,
Manuel M. Ponce, Maria Teresa Prieto,
Silvestre Revueltas
& Brian Banks

Monday, May 5 at 8 PM
Christ and St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus)
New York, NY 10023

Free Admission


Max Lifchitz celebrates the Cinco de Mayo Holiday

performing works by three generations of composers from Mexico.

       North/South Consonance, Inc. continues its 34th consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Monday evening May 5 when Max Lifchitz celebrates the Cinco de Mayo Holiday performing a recital devoted entirely to the piano music of composers from México.

The event will start at 8 PM and will take place at the intimate and acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St – bet. Broadway & Columbus Ave) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The auditorium is ADA accessible.

Admission is free (no tickets needed).

  Max Lifchitz – the Mexican-born pianist and long-time resident in New York, was described by The American Record Guide as ”a consummate musician …. one of America’s finest exponents of contemporary piano music.” The San Francisco Chronicle described him as “a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist” while the New York Times praised him for his “clean, measured and sensitive performances. Active also as composer and conductor, Mr. Lifchitz has performed throughout Europe, Latin America and the US.

The program will feature music by 20th and 21st century Mexican composers including Carlos Chávez, Manuel Enríquez, Maria Teresa Prieto, Manuel M. Ponce and Silvestre Revueltas. The program will also feature Lifchitz’s recently completed Piano Silhouettes and the premiere of a new work by Brian Banks—the American composer who lives in the Mexican city of Puebla who will be on hand to introduce his music.

The artist is available for interviews and media event and may be contacted through the North/South office at

Since its inception in 1980, North/South Consonance has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 recent works by composers representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. It activities are made possible in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Brian Banks

Brian Banks


Carlos Chavez


Manuel M. Ponce


Maria Teresa Prieto


Silvestre Revueltas

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Art Songs from Latin America



works by 

Darwin Aquino, Modesta Bor, Alejandro Caturla,

Carlos Chávez, Ramiro Cortés, Carlos Guastavino,

Manuel M. Ponce, Antonio Valencia & Heitor Villa-Lobos


Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano

Max Lifchitz, piano

Sunday, October 27 at 3 PM

Christ and St Stephen’s Church

120 West 69th St

New York, NY 10023

Free Admission

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May 8, 10, 11 2013 @7PM at Conrady Prebys Music Center – Experimental Theater
University of California, San Diego

A chamber opera addressing human trafficking along the San Diego border to premiere at University of California, San Diego at the Conrad Prebys Music Center.

Based on true events, Cuatro Corridos tells the story of four women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed creative artists.

Led by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi, the fully- staged production features original music by four distinguished composers. Each gives voice to one of the four female characters by presenting one act in the hour-long drama.

Cuatro Corridos received generous support from UC MEXUS, the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), Yellow Barn Music Festival, and the Department of Music at UCSD.


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Patricia Caicedo, one of the leading interpreters of the Latin American Art Song repertoire, will present her only New York recital of the season on May 2.

The free-admission concert sponsored by North/South Consonance, Inc. will take place at the intimate and acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St, Manhattan). It will commence at 8 PM.

The multi-lingual program will include songs in Catalan, Spanish, Nahautl (the language of the Aztecs), Quechua (the language of the Incas) and Portuguese. Ms. Caicedo will sing songs by among others, Mexican composers Manuel M. Ponce, Salvador Moreno and Sivestre Revueltas; Peruvian composer Theodoro Valcarcel; Colombian composer Jaime Leon; Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera; Catalan composer Edmund Toldra; and Brazilian composers Camargo Guarnieri and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Caicedo has resided in Barcelona, Spain for more than 10 years where she is active as both performer and musicologist. She is the founder and director of the Barcelona Festival of Song, held during the summer and now entering its 6th edition.

Her books The Latin American Art Song: A Critical Anthology and Interpretative Resource for Singers (Ediciones Tritó, 2005) and The Colombian Art Song – Jaime Leon: Analysis and Compilation of his works for voice and piano Vol. 1 & 2 (Mundo Arts Publications, 2009) have become reference books in the field of vocal pedagogy.

She has performed throughout Europe and Latin America and has presented lectures and workshops at numerous American universities.

Her acclaimed albums include: De mi corazón latino – Latin Songs of All time (Mundo Arts, 2010), A mi ciudad Nativa – To My Native City (Mundo Arts, 2005), Lied: Art songs of Latin America (Albert Moraleda, 2001) and La Felicidad, recorded with the Banda Sinfónica Santafé de Bogotá in 1997.

Ms. Caicedo will be accompanied at the piano by the versatile Max Lifchitz. Born in Mexico City. Lifchitz has resided in New York City since 1966 and has appeared on concert stages throughout Latin America, Europe and the US. He has released 9 solo piano albums and appears as conductor and collaborative artists in many more.

Ms. Caicedo will be available for interviews and media events while in New York City. She may be contacted through the North/South Consonance office at

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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.

For more information about this exciting concert series including complete schedule please visit

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