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Picosa showcases the superb music of composers from Spain and Latin America

Apr 09, 2018 11:41AM

Oak Brook, IL - Picosa brings a moving program to the stage on Sunday, May 20th at 7:00pm, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook.  Music lovers will enjoy experiencing Picosas signature symphonic sound and welcoming community at every program of virtuosic chamber music.  General Admission tickets for the concert and dessert reception are $25 with discounts available for seniors and students.  Picosa is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. To purchase tickets, visit:  www.PicosaMusic.com

Picosa’s May concert ushers in the summer with the rich and diverse music of composers from Spain and Latin America.  Woven throughout the concert are movements of the epic Quintet for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano written by Panamanian composer Roque Cordero.  This four-movement work is a symphony in miniature, deftly balancing Panamanian folk elements with masterful contemporary style and featuring each instrument of the quintet beautifully. 

Smaller works serve as interludes between movements of the Cordero. Jazz influenced Lecuonerias for solo clarinet from Cuban-born American composer Paquito DRiveras The Cape Cod Files brings levity to the first half, followed by Gabriela Lena Frank’s Canto de Harawi: “Amadeoso” for flute, clarinet, and piano. Frank is quickly becoming known for her music which captures Peruvian folk elements in concert works.

She describes:

Canto de Harawi: Amadeoso is a short tone poem that attempts to portray my childhood dream where I walk hand-in-hand with Mozart, passing through such unlikely scenes as my old backyard garden, a deserted playground, and an ominous cavern that frightened me during a family camping trip.”  

Spanish composer Joaquin Turina’s Circulo, Opus 91, for violin, cello, and piano shows the influence of flamenco as well as representing the cyclical passing of time throughout the day.  This lush piece balances two dance-inspired pieces by Argentinian composers Astor Piazzolla and Alberto Ginastera. Piazzollas Histoire du Tango for flute and piano is a delightful study in styles of the tango, and Ginasteras Duo for flute and clarinet swirls playfully as two dance partners on stage.

Finally, as part of Picosa’s Interludes Chamber Ensembles program, we are particularly excited to welcome the Naperville Youth Symphony’s Brass Choir directed by Mark Ponzo. Join us prior to the concert at 6:40pm to hear this talented local chamber ensemble. We are also pleased to announce that visual artist Lewis Achenbach will be live painting the entire event. His works of art will be available for sale after the concert. Following this concert, audience members are invited to stay for the Meet the Musicians Gourmet Dessert Reception to chat with all the performers, admire the art and enjoy some treats.

Tickets are $25.  High school students and younger are free, and accompanying parents receive a discounted ticket of $10.  College students $10.  Seniors $23. Please visit www.PicosaMusic.com to purchase tickets and for information about locations and parking. 

Picosa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Donations to the ensemble support Picosa operations including its commitment to bring music to underserved communities through their collaboration with Hesed House and nurturing rising amateur and young musicians through their Interludes Chamber Ensembles program.  Please visit www.PicosaMusic.com/donate.