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PanAmericana: A Concert of Musical Border Crossings Through the Americas

Sunday October 29, 2017 at 19:00
Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
£12, £18, £25, £32
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  1. 3 Latin American Pieces - Leo Brouwer
  2. Food for thought, from Magdalena - Heitor Villa-Lobos
  3. 5 Canciones populares argentinas Op 10 - Alberto Ginastera
  4. At the river, from Old American Songs - Aaron Copland
  5. Quisiera ser danzantito, from 4 Melodias tradicionales indias del Ecuador - Carlos Antonio de Padua Chávez y Ramírez
  6. Somewhere, from West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein
  7. Arrunango - Antonio Estévez
  8. Always in my heart - Ernesto Lecuona
  9. 3 Preludes - George Gershwin
  10. Escenas campestres - Louis Moreau Gottschalk
  11. Salsa Inglesa, 'English sauce' - Ricardo Lorenz
  12. Libertango - Astor Piazzolla
  13. Aria, from Bachianas Brazilieras No 5 - Heitor Villa-Lobos
  14. Tango, Song and Dance - André Previn
  15. Nightclub 1960, from L'histoire du tango (History of Tango) - Astor Piazzolla
  16. Pé de moleque, from Musiques populaires bresiliennes - Celso Machado
  17. Rio, from Dream Travels - Gary Schocker
  18. Goin' Home, based on Largo from Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World' - Antonín Dvorák, words and choral arragement by William Arms Fisher
  19. Carora - Antonio Lauro
  20. Song of the Americas - Los Paraguayos

There was a time when Americans, North and South, celebrated their shared history and collaborated towards common interests. In 1941, Aaron Copland travelled to Latin America on a diplomatic mission as part of the Panamericanist initiatives of Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy, which aimed to cement hemispheric solidarity in the face of rising European fascism. This new zeitgeist was embraced by composers throughout the continent and helped forge a renewed sense of identity and a golden age of ‘American’ music.

The ‘PanAmericana’ project offers the perfect antidote to 21st-century politics: tracing hemispherical connections from New York to Buenos Aires, it showcases a cornucopia of classical voices exploring common musical languages which bear testament to music’s power to transcend political borders and foster cultural understanding. This kaleidoscopic programme encompasses an eclectic range of influences, from jazz, lied, tango, opera and musical theatre to folk and film music, allowing audiences to enjoy some of their all-time favourite North American music by iconic composers such as Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin alongside lesser-known gems from South of the Border by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Ginastera and Lecuona. Featuring performances by an exciting line-up of young artists, including Colombian folk dance group 'Talentos', expect passion, lush tunes, irresistible rhythms and edge-of-your-seat virtuosity!

Plus: the bar will be serving Latin American cocktails before the performance and during the interval

'Gomes is idiomatic, intelligent and expressive.' The Times
'An eloquent soprano.' New York Times
'Outstanding recital.' Musical Opinion

A benefit concert for Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA), this event is part of Echoes Festival 2017, organised by the Iberian and Latin American Music Society (ILAMS) and the Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with Music Beyond Frontiers and Amigo Month

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