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Dynamic Concert To Unite International Music, Artists

Feb. 27, 2013
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

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SHSU's Symphony Orchestra, directed by Zachary Carrettin, will present a “multitude of soloists and a combination of music you know and love and music you’ve never heard but will surely love upon hearing it” for its family-friendly "Unidos" concert on March 6, as one of the highlights of this year's Festival Inspiración.

SHSU’s Symphony Orchestra will present a “multi-media production,” bringing together international works and artists for the Festival Inspiración “Unidos” concert on Wednesday (March 6).

The concert will begin at 6 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.
“Unidos” will feature not only members of SHSU’s symphony but also members of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, the Colombia National Conservatory, and SHSU’s department of dance; soloists Mac McClure, director of the Colombian National Conservatory; and SHSU faculty soloists pianist Sergio Ruiz and sopranos Rebecca Grimes and Bronwen Forbay; the Texas Guitar Quartet, featuring School of Music faculty member Alejandro Montiel; and a number of student soloists.

“It’s really a big event,” said Zachary Carrettin, SHSU visiting professor and director of orchestral studies.

The first half of the concert will celebrate the Latin culture with a prelude from Georges Bizet’s Spanish-set “Carmen,” Ástor Piazzolla’s Tango Nuevo “Libertango,” and Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Allegretto” from “Concierto Andaluz,” which premiered in San Antonio in 1967, despite the fact that Rodrigo was from Spain.

“We also will have some Baroque composers from the New World, South American composers, who are very folk influenced,” Carrettin said. “They were Jesuit priests who came over from Europe and established churches in remote areas of South America 300 years ago, so their music is heavily influenced by the natives. It’s pretty neat stuff, with percussion and voice.”

The second half of the concert will include a collaboration between music, art and dance, for the presentation of Camille Saint-Saëns’s “Carnival of the Animals,” a “symphonic favorite of people of all ages,” according to Carrettin.

As the piece is performed, works by Festival Inspiración artist-in-residence Paula Vásquez will be projected onto video screens as students dance to a work choreographed by SHSU’s late assistant professor of dance Jonathan Charles Smith.

“This was the last piece that Jonathan Charles Smith was working on before he passed away,” Carrettin said. “It’s being taken over by his assistant, who has continued the rehearsals with the dancers.”

The “Unidos” concert will present audiences with the opportunity to gain exposure to a “multitude of soloists and a combination of music you know and love and music you’ve never heard but will surely love upon hearing it,” Carrettin said.

“Rodrigo’s concerto for four guitars is not well known, but it should be, and the two pieces by the Baroque composers of the New World that I chose were only rediscovered in my lifetime,” he said. “There’s only one recording extant of these pieces; no publication, even, that I’m aware of.

“I had to get the parts from somebody who scanned the manuscript from a library in Europe,” he said. “So nobody in the audience will have ever heard those pieces.”

“Unidos” is free, and open to the public.

For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360 or visit the Festival Inspiración website at http://www.shsu.edu/academics/music/festival-inspiracion.



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