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The Spanish Hour features music by and for children in August (8/1 @ 10pm)

© Foto : Cortesía de la Escolanía de San Lorenzo del Escorial

The long history of music from Spain played a notable part in the establishment of Basque-language choirs that helped preserve their language and songs. We'll hear from the Boys Choir of El Escorial on Mon 8/1 @ 10pm.

8/1 Music for Children This week’s program brings music not only written for children, but performed by them too! Hear pieces by Paquito D'Rivera, Xavier Montsalvatge, and more. The Boys Choir of El Escorial and the Young People's Chorus of New York City perform choral works by Antón García Abril and Paquito D'Rivera. You’ll also hear a Cuban-Spanish retelling of a Hans Christian Anderson favorite, plus Xavier Montsalvatge's charming piano solo Noah's Ark.

8/8 Profile: Teresa Berganza On this week’s program, we celebrate the artistic legacy of Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza, who died May 13 at the age of 89. Joining her is guitarist Narciso Yepes in work ranging from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to Manuel de Falla and Federico García Lorca.

8/15 Falla and the Theater In 1904, Carlos Fernández Shaw introduced Manuel de Falla to The Three-cornered hat, Pedro Antonio de Alarcón’s satire of village life in Andalucía, written in 1874. It’s best known by Manuel de Falla’s music for the ballet of 1919. Falla’s original plan for the novel was to produce it as a pantomime-farce. Joaquín Turina conducted the premiere of The Magistrate and the Miller’s Wife on April 7, 1917. We'll hear the complete work of this precursor to The Three-Cornered Hat, along with selections from El Amor Brujo.

8/22 The Red Book of Montserrat The Shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat was a major pilgrimage site in the 14th century. The Red Book of Montserrat, is a 14th-century collection of devotional texts and music for pilgrims making their way to the Catalonian Montserrat Monastery. Tonight we hear selections from the 6 music folios contained in The Red Book, presented by La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI, under the direction of Jordi Savall.

8/29 Choral Music from Mexico From 17th -century masters Juan García de Zéspedes and Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla to modern-day composers Guillermo Alvarez Navarro and Sergio Cárdenas, enjoy a 400-year span of choral music from Mexico, presented by Vocal Essence, Andrew Lawrence King and the Harp Consort, and others.

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