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Join us in a concert of the fiery and passionate music from South American and Spanish origins. The third concert of our Light and Shadows season, Fire Dances, explores the Spanish composers, and composers who wrote music inspired by the sounds that are traditionally Spanish and or Latin-American in nature, and those who express the cultures of South American countries.
This concert will feature Alberto Ginastera’s Three Argentine Dances, which bring to life the unique sounds of South American culture. From writing in the harmonies of guitar strings to evoke the “old herdsman”, to the lyrical and passionate melodies and spicy dissonances of the “Dance of the Beautiful Maiden”, to the final savage rhythms and percussive sounds of the “Dance of the Arrogant Cowboy” these pieces spring into the mind images of Argentinian culture and spirit.
Hear the rarely-performed music of Sicilian-Persian composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji. This colorful transcription is of the Spanish Habanera from Bizet’s opera Carmen, explores the limits of what is playable on a piano, with dense textures and flourishes elsewhere unseen in any writing for the piano. The work explores its own fantasy upon the theme to the point where it sounds as if at least four pianists are playing at once, while evoking an air of mystery, confounding contradictions, and cataclysmic explosions of sound.
Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Aria from his Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 captures the spirit and sound of Brazilian music through the lens of the contrapuntal and harmonic language of Johann Sebastian Bach. This work will feature soprano Leah Brashear as well as our first orchestra of eight cellos.
The concert will conclude with a set of tangos: the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, by Astor Piazzolla. Throughout the work, Piazzolla explores the many possible expressions of the tango music in concert form.
The September 9th performance at Houston Piano Company has been canceled due to Hurricane Harvey. Our previously scheduled September 2nd performance at St. Cyril of Alexandria has been rescheduled to September 30th at 7 PM. Please join us at that time for a Hurricane Harvey relief concert. Funds will be donated to West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM) providing relief for victims of the storm. If you have already purchased tickets for any of the previously scheduled World Journeys concerts, they will be considered admission for our September 30th concert or you can contact us (email@example.com) for a refund, and we will be happy to assist you.
St. Cyril of Alexandria,
10503 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77042
Tickets available at the door.
Take a moment to reflect with us.
Join us for a season of music and the other arts that reflects on political oppression, multiculturalism, transformation, and reflection itself! We celebrate some of our previous seasons, bringing you performances of music we have refined over the years, along with new repertoire in our 2017 season, Reflections.
Saturday April 9th, 7:30 PM
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church Join us on the next leg of our World Journey’s series to France! In this concert, we explore the music of great French composers Faure, Ravel, Debussy, Cesar Franck, and others. Visual artwork from local Houston artist Vena Ashley will be on display, and French cuisine will be available. Get your tickets today for a discount! Our second performance will be at Houston Piano Company in the Heights! Visit our events page for more info! We have a new member Leah Ann Brashear, who will be singing vocal works on this concert. Read more about her on our ensemble page!