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ROBERTO SIERRA: Cancionero Sefardí
STILL: Suite for Violin and Piano
GABRIELA LENA FRANK: Tres Homenajes: Compadrazgo
AMFS faculty artists team up for a multicultural musical feast. Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra’s songs set to Sephardic texts will be performed by Esther Heideman, whose gorgeous bell-like voice is matched by artistic depth and a strong affinity for contemporary works. William Grant Still’s Suite for Violin and Piano was inspired by three sculptures by artists from the Harlem Renaissance. The first movement is a dance, the second a lullaby, and the third incorporates the blues.
Gabriela Lena Frank draws on her Peruvian heritage in many of her works. In her words, ‘“compadrazgo” refers to a quintessentially Latin American idea. It signifies a special kind of camaraderie such as the bond between godparent and godchild or the friendliness between neighbors who might borrow sugar from one another. I find that this spirit is also essential to chamber music in all styles and genres as players depend on one another to bring their performance to life.”
Performances will be 75 minutes and there will be no intermission. Please check the “Concert Protocols” page before attending for the most up-to-date protocols.