"Picante," music from or inspired by Cuba, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela. Manisero Fantasy, based on the Cuban folk song "The Peanut Vendor," was written for us by Al Torrente in 2012. This will be the southeastern US premiere. We will also play Heitor Villa-Lobos String Quartet #3. Villa-Lobos has been described as the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music. Next is Aldemaro Romero's famous Fuga con Pajarillo. Venezuelan composer, conductor, pianist and orchestra founder based this work on folkloric themes mixed with classical tradition, taking the joropo, a native Venezuelan dance, to a whole new level. Piazzolla's Tango Ballet will end our tour of Latin America.
Luis Fernandez, violin
Tony Seepersad, violin
Rafael Ramirez, viola
Michael Andrews, cello
1 hour 30 minutes with 1 intermission