EL DÍA DE LA LENGUA: LITERATURE AND MUSIC OF LATIN AMERICA

APRIL 23, 6:30 – 8:00 PM; Reception 6:00 PM
Venue: Cour Regard at The Dallas Institute
Presented by the Orchestra of New Spain and the Dallas Institute

The Lost Steps is considered a historical narrative that traces the voyage of a musicologist searching for the origin of music in the jungles of South America. The quest moves forward and backward in time, involves a utopian primitive world and contains revelations about the conquest and exploration of America.

The pages chosen refer to the primitive and the religious, the presence of decaying missions and of the recorded word.

Long lost musical pieces from the Bolivian missions of the 1700’s will complement the literature.

Concierto Barroco is considered “a small jewel in a baroque crown… set on top of a verbal cathedral” by Carlos Fuentes in his introduction to the British edition of the novella originally published in 1974.

The pages chosen reflect a carnivalesque situation in which Carpentier describes a wealthy Mexican who disguises himself as a European in Mexico and as an Aztec in Venice, who along with his Cuban servant meets up with Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Handel during a wild night of drinking and joking in which Vivaldi gets his idea for constructing the opera Montezuma.

Musical pieces from the opera Montezuma and criollo works from Mexico and Cuba will be featured.

The Chase is a dark thriller which takes place in Havana during the dictatorship, in which a political fugitive reflects on death and passion during the time is takes to play Beethovens’s Eroica symphony.

Artistic Director Grover Wilkins will curate and direct related musical selections performed by soloists of the Orchestra of New Spain. Readings will be performed by Theodor Carlson.

Admission: $35, $20 for Members, $10 for Educator Members and Students.

 

GROVER WILKINS is Founding Artistic Director of the Orchestra of New Spain in Dallas, a professional period-instrument baroque orchestra and chorus created in 1989.