Performers (not in order pictured; click photo to enlarge): Kenneth Bozanich, Tyler Burkhart, Michael Carrasco, Sandee Castaneda, Nick Hart, Andrew Heavelin, Bryant Kellison, Jason Keyes, Erin Laetz, Leo Plummer, Ryan Woempner. Special Guest: Elisabeth Harrington.
Arrulladora mexicana by Manuel Ponce
Danza Paraguaya – Agustin Barrios Mangore
Two Andean Folk Songs – arranged by Jeremy Sparks
Bachianas Brazilieras No.5 – Heitor Villa-Lobos
Micropiezas – Leo Brouwer
I Suite All’Antica – Guido Santorsola Minuetto
Arietta Zapateado Caribe – Agustin Barrios
Mangore Mambo Inn – Mario Bauza, Edgar Sampson, Bobby Woodlen
Agua de Beber - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Notes by Nicholas Lambson
The HSU Guitar Ensemble will perform music from Central and South America on this concert, represented through works from Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, and Brazil. The program will include collaborations with students on bass, congas, and flute, and we are also excited to also be joined by Elisabeth Harrington, HSU professor of voice.
Although most of the pieces on the program were written within the past few decades, versions of the guitar have been a major component of musical life there for hundreds of years. Much of this music does not survive, partly because a lot of it was improvised - guitarists tend to do a lot of that now also, so I guess not much has changed!
Each piece on the program is coming from a different place here: some are directly based on folk melodies, some are aligned with Western European styles, some are complex modern works, some are “improvisatory,” and many combine these into unique pieces of music that represent a complex and intimate relationship with the guitar.