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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.
More information on individual events will be available closer to the event. To RSVP, select the date of the event you would like to attend.
Full Series Calendar February 1, 2018 - Lecture and recital with contemporary composer 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.
Learn more and watch a video here!
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 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