I really enjoyed MA student Carlos Avila’s conducting concert last night. He prepared a whole range of wonderful pieces from Latin America for small ensembles ranging from string orchestra to handbells. I’ll post excerpts of the concert here so others can enjoy his great work. It’s once in a blue moon that concerts like this come to central Illinois, so I’m especially grateful for his efforts.
PART ONE: Ocho por Radio (México) by Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940); El coquí (Puerto Rico) by José I. Quintón (1881-1925); Amalia (Venezuela) by Francisco de Paula Aguirre (1875-1939); La canción del arbol del olvido (Argentina) by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983); and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (Brazil) by Heitor Villa-Lobos.
PART TWO: Sinfonietta for String Orchestra (Puerto Rico) by Jack Delano (1914-1997); Impresiones de la Puna (Argentina) by Alberto Ginstera; Suite for Strings No. 1 (Venezuela) by Aldemaro Romero (1928-2007); and Almendra (Cuba) by Abelardo Valdés (1911-1958).