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Pan-American Chamber Music

Pan-American Music Initiative

Tue / Oct 4, 2022 - 8:00PM

LA Phil musicians perform Barber, Still, Ortiz, and Márquez.

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About this Performance

As part of the Pan-American Music Initiative, LA Phil musicians perform chamber music from Mexico and the United States, starting with Samuel Barber’s Summer Music that shows off each member of the wind quintet. Then the musicians perform music by two of Mexico’s greatest living composers: Arturo Márquez’ lively dance homage to Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti and Gabriela Ortiz’ tribute to important figures in her life, Exilios (Exiles). Finally, a quintet performs William Grant Still’s series of dances inspired by Panamanian folk tunes.


Song and Dance 

One of the defining characteristics of music of the Americas has been its openness to earthy vernacular inspirations, with a corresponding openness of sound and spirit. Certainly, there is nothing dogmatically closed or hermetic about this lively and lyrical program. The composers are from the U.S. and Mexico, but their music ranges geographically to Brazil with Arturo Márquez’ tribute to multi-instrumentalist and composer Egberto Gismonti and to Panama with the percussive dances William Grant Still wrote here in L.A. on music gathered by Elisabeth Waldo, a former violinist with the LA Phil. In style and attitude, it ranges from the lazy Gershwinesque blues of Samuel Barber’s Summer Music to the determination and yearning of Gabriela Ortiz’ exiles from the Spanish Civil War. John Henken 

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