Wild Beautiful Orchestra presents Into the Spotlight: Composers of Color
Saturday, March 11 from 7:30-9:00pm
Tickets $25 general admission, $10 students (under 25) on Eventbrite
Join us for a deep dive into the music of three exceptional composers! Silvestre Revueltas was arguably Mexico’s greatest composer, known for his musical humor and extraordinarily vivid sound-painting (bringing the sounds of the jungle to the concert stage!) Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji was a reclusive genius of Parsi/English heritage who developed a unique blend of Impressionist and exotic influences through the virtuosic language of Late Romanticism. Tania Léon is a composer from Cuba who recently received the Kennedy Center Honors; always writing music which bristles with energy, she collaborates with dance troupes and conducts orchestras across the globe from Harlem to Bangkok.
Each composer is represented by vocal works (accompanied by piano or chamber orchestra) and instrumental quintets. The vocal works set poetry about race relations in Mexico, forbidden love between men in the Renaissance, an invocation to a swamp goddess, the secret life of cats, and…the love songs of frogs?? The instrumental pieces express the wildly different personalities of their creators: Revueltas makes fun of modern music, Sorabji evokes the ornate complexity of Persian tapestries, and Léon takes us on an exuberant ride.
The Wild Beautiful Orchestra is a musical collective established in 2019 to perform the most exciting music from diverse traditions. This concert features an 18-person chamber orchestra of freelance professionals conducted by Taylor Gonzales with four guest vocalists: Andrew Garland (CU-Boulder), Daniela Guzmán-Égüez (Regis Unviersity), Zoë Spangler and Natacha Cóndor Guevara. For more information, please visit wildbeautifulorchestra.org.