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La Musica de Mexico 2018 Music Series

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The Mexican Cultural Institute is excited to announce its 2018 Music Series, La Música de México. The 2018 Music Series is a connected and comprehensive program of concerts, conferences, and recitals with some of Mexico and the US's most renowned composers, musicians, and academics.

Curated by Mexican musician and composer Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez (professor at the Eastman School of Music), the program will host an event on the first Thursday of every month from February to December of 2018. Events will span genres from traditional to contemporary.

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February 1, 2018 - Lecture and recital with contemporary composer Dr. Francisco Castillo Trigueros

Dr. Francisco Castillo Trigueros

As part of its 2018 Music Series, La Música de México, the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present Dr. Francisco Castillo Trigueros. A composer of contemporary chamber, orchestral and electronic music from Mexico City, Dr. Trigueros will present a lecture on and recital of his recent work. Focusing on Electroacoustic Music, Sound Art, and Film, the presentation will include his "Canciones desde Xilitla", a film/audio reflexion on the surreal sculpture gardens built in the Mexican Huasteca by Edward James.

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March 1, 2018 - Recital of contemporary Mexican music for guitar with Dr. Dieter Hennings & University of Kentucky Guitar Quartet

As part of its 2018 Music Series, La Música de México, the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present a concert by Dr. Dieter Hennings & the University of Kentucky Guitar Quartet. Dr. Hennings is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Kentucky and an active proponent of new music, particularly that of Latin America. Along with Jeremy Andrew Bass, Mario Ortiz, and Andrew Rhinehart, Hennings will play a program centered around the guitar music of the Mexican composer and conductor Juan Trigos (1965-). Following the influence and passion Manuel M. Ponce had for the classical guitar, since 1989 Mr. Trigos has created a remarkable body of works for guitar of great scope, vision, and beauty, that are becoming staples of the Mexican new music repertoire for guitar.


April 5, 2018 - Conference "The fox trot and the Mexican canción: modernity tradition and foreign invasion" by musicologist Dr. Leonora Saavedra

As part of its 2018 Music Series, La Música de México, the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present a lecture by Dr. Leonora Saavedra. In the early 20th century, the fox trot and other similar dances derived from African-American musics made a large impact on the young people of Mexico, as they did in many other parts of the world. During these years, Mexican composers, journalists, music publishers, popular musicians, the Mexican Ministry of Education and music lovers debated among themselves on the question of what the true music of Mexico could and should be. Through multiple public processes, they eventually settled on the rural genre of the Mexican canción as the musical encapsulation of the soul of the people and the nation. A clash between supporters and practitioners of one or the other - or both! - inevitably broke out as the two genres acquired increasingly larger meanings related to the national, the moral, the political and the generational. This presentation examines the debate and some of its surprising results.


May 3, 2018 - Recital of music from Mexico and Italy by soprano Daniela D'Ingiullo and pianist Dr. Roberto Hidalgo

As part of its 2018 Music Series, La Música de México, the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present soprano Daniela D'Ingiullo and pianist Roberto Hidalgo for a concert of music from Mexico and Italy.

This concert features works by Mexican and Italian composers from the early 20th century to today, including the world premiere of Tres canciones de A. Machado (1996) by Jesús Villaseñor (1936) and Four Poems by Ezra Pound (2017) by Juan Trigos (1965), each composer representing a different generation of prolific creators, particularly in the symphonic field. Carlos Jiménez Mabarak (1916-1994) is without a doubt one of the most notable Mexican composers of the century, who wrote for practically every genre in a language that stems from tonality to serialism. The featured Italian composers are Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968), Alfredo Casella (1883-1947) and Francesto Paolo Tosti (1846-1916). Casella and Pizzetti belong to the famous "Generation of 1880" who, along with Respighi, Malipiero and Alfano, expanded their creative genius beyond opera, the predominant genre in Italy up to Puccini. Tosti, of a previous generation, wrote around four hundred songs in Italian, French and English. He moved to England in 1875 where he became the voice teacher of the royal family and by 1885 he was the foremost songwriter in England. As Tosti did in his days, Juan Trigos, who now lives in the United States, has put into work his considerable artistic resources to set English language poetry to songs, as is the case of his Four Poems by Ezra Pound.

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June 7, 2018 - Conference and recital on the traditional Sones of Jalisco with artist and ethnomusicologist Cornelio García
July 5, 2018 - Conference on traditional music in Mexico with composer and producer Annette Fradera
August 2, 2018 - Conference and recital with singer-songwriter Alfredo Sánchez
September 6, 2018 - Conference with musicologist Dr. Ana Alonso Minutti
October 4, 2018 - Recital of chamber music by composer Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and friends
November 1, 2018 - Recital of chamber music with violinist Saul Bitran and pianist Sally Pinkas
December 6, 2018 - Recital of Julián Carillo's String Quartets with musicologist Dr. Alejandro Madrid and Momenta String Quartet
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