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Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemayá
Aaron Copland: El Salón México
Carlos Chavez: Sinfonia India (Symphony #2)
Arturo Marquez: Danzón #2
Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, Amherst College
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra ("ASO") launches an exciting fall 2018 season of the musics of Spain and Latin America by showcasing the 20th century concert music of its immediate southern neighbor—Mexico. Mexican nationalism burst into full force after the 1910 Revolution, and inflected its art music through the assimilation of an incredible array of folk, Aztec and Indian influences.
The concert opens with the boisterous Sensemayá (1938) by Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940), which fuses popular and Stravinsky-like elements in a vibrant tapestry, all in a 7/4 metric scheme. It continues with El Salón México (1940), a love letter to the popular music of Mexico's dance halls which the American master Aaron Copland (1900-1990) absorbed during his frequent tours as FDR's "New Deal" south-of-the-border arts ambassador.
The ASO also includes on its program the 12-minute masterpiece Sinfonia India (Symphony #2) by Mexico's most influential concert composer Carlos Chávez (1899-1978)--a work of such vital authenticity and Mexican identity that it has been described as "profoundly non-European." Finally, the concert closes with Danzón #2 (1994) by Arturo Márquez (1950- ), which is almost cinematic in approach and was inspired by a visit to a ballroom in Veracruz.
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