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Fiesta explores Latin American compositions for saxophone in December 2021


Are there saxophones in the orchestra? We'll find out on the 12/9 broadcast.

12/2 Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México Founded by conductor Enrique Bátiz in 1971 the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México or the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico is one of the most important orchestras in the world. They have travelled worldwide as well as being one of the great supporters of Latin American music. We’ll hear Latin American compositions recorded by the distinguished orchestra.

12/9 Latin American Saxophone Though it is not the most prominent instrument in classical music, the saxophone is versatile and powerful, and many Latin American composers have shown their love for this instrument, including Heitor Villa-Lobos, Paquito D’Rivera, and Roberto Sierra.

12/16 The Great Sounds of Roberto Sierra Puerto Rican, Roberto Sierra is one of the most important living composers of contemporary classical music. Sierra’s work draws from the 20th century avant-garde music and the 19th century romantic traditions alike and synthesized his European and Latino influences. Included are his Guitar Sonata and Piano Trio.

12/23 Latin American Christmas Carols A selection of villancicos or Christmas carols from Spain and Latin America is featured on this Christmas themed episode. Join us for music that spans several centuries and a great diversity of influences and traditions.

12/30 Martha Argerich: Argentine Piano Master One of the greatest living pianists, Martha Argerich’s career has brought her from Argentina to the world. We pay tribute to this piano master and her long and fruitful career, including her performances of the giants of Latin American classical music.

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