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VISUAL PROGRAM NOTES

South of the Border Symphony Concert- March 3, 2024
Alberto Ginastera- Danzas del Ballet ‘Estancia’

Alberto Ginastera was an Argentine composer of the 20th-century. The four-part orchestral suite, Danzas del Ballet ‘Estancia’ was written in 1941 and was inspired by the Gauchesco tradition. A tradition that holds the gaucho, or landless native horseman of the plains, as a symbol of Argentina.

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Alberto Ginastera circa 1960
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“The Gaucho” photographed in authentic habiliments circa 1840

Heitor Villa-Lobos- Guitar Concerto

Heitor Villa-Lobos was a Brazilian composer, conductor, cellist, and classical guitarist of the 20th century. Villa-Lobos has become the best-known South American composer of all time. The Guitar Concerto was written in Rio de Janeiro in 1951 for the Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia.

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Villa-Lobos on a 1987 Brazilian banknote.
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Andrés Segovia Torres, 1st Marquis of Salobreña in 1962.

José Moncayo- Huapango

José Moncayo was a Mexican pianist, percussionist, music teacher, composer, and conductor. He produced some of the masterworks that best symbolize the essence of the national aspirations and contradictions of Mexico in the 20th century. A huapango is a type of Mexican dance. However, Moncayo's Huapango is not just an arrangement, but a legitimate work inspired by the popular music of Veracruz, Mexico.

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José Moncayo
The state of Veracruz within Mexico

Francisco Mignone- Festa das Igrejas

Francisco Mignone was one of the most significant figures in Brazilian classical music, and one of the most significant Brazilian composers after Heitor Villa-Lobos. Festa das Igrejas was written in 1940, during a period when his work was most strongly characterized by nationalism, using the folk and popular melodies of his native Brazil as a basis for his compositions.

Francisco Mignone in 1972
São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador
Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Black Men
Our Lady of the Glory of the Hill
The old facade to the Cathedral Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida

Arturo Márquez- Conga del Fuego Nuevo

Arturo Márquez is a Mexican composer of orchestral music. Márquez's father was a mariachi musician in Mexico and later in Los Angeles. His paternal grandfather was a Mexican folk musician in the northern states of Sonora and Chihuahua. Márquez's father and grandfather exposed him to several musical styles in his childhood, particularly Mexican "salon music" which would be the impetus for his later musical repertoire. Conga del Fuego Nuevo was composed in 2005.    

Márquez in 2016
Members of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán (Third Generation 1950)
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