South American Sounds

Miguel Harth-Bedoya - Conductor

Elizabeth Hainen - Harp

program

Márquez - Danzón No. 2

Ginastera - Harp Concerto

Piazzolla - Tangazo

Lopez - Perú negro

Friday, August 9, 2019

8:00 pm Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Under the baton of Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, making his first-ever SPAC appearance, this program will transport listeners to South America with three SPAC premieres that explore the sounds of Argentina and Peru.

The effervescent Harp Concerto by the celebrated Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera was premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1965 and is today performed by the current principal, Elizabeth Hainen, considered one of classical music’s great harp ambassadors. Hailed by the Washington Post for her “unusual presence with silky transparency” and by the New York Times for her “earthy solidarity,” she has thrilled audiences throughout the world with programs showcasing the diversity—and virtuosity—of her modern-day instrument.

The allure of tangos and other dance-inflected rhythms merge in Piazzolla’s sultry music with his sophisticated compositional training in Paris, where he went at the urging of Ginastera. Tangazo is one of Piazzolla’s late compositions, which he originally wrote for a small ensemble and then arranged for full orchestra. The concert concludes with Perú negro by the young Peruvian composer Jimmy López. A celebration of AfroPeruvian traditions, the work honors López’s compatriot, this concert’s conductor, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, by using a four-note theme based on his initials.

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