© 2024 WXXI Public Broadcasting, 280 State St. Rochester, NY 14614, (585) 325-7500
Celebrating 50 years on FM 91.5
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Tango with Cally celebrates the long career of Tango musician José Basso, 11/30 @ 11 pm


11/2 The Canaro Quintets Francisco Canaro's music with his small ensembles, Quinteto Pirincho and Quinteto Don Pancho. Violinist Francisco Canaro led his own big Tango orchestra but he also played the Tango equivalent of chamber music! He founded and led Quinteto Don Pancho and Quinteto Pirincho. These nicknames had personal significance for Canaro. Host Cally Banham shares the cute stories behind the names, and tangos and milongas from the catalogues of both Quintets.

11/9 Piazzolla's Tango Ballet Tango ballet music and classical ballet music side by side. Astor Piazzolla composed a six movement ballet for string quartet early in his career. It has since been transcribed for solo violin and string orchestra. Cally plays Gidon Kremer’s resplendent recording of “Tango Ballet” along with familiar classical ballet scenes by Igor Stravinsky and Ludwig Minkus.

11/16 Tango DJ Music for a milonga, from the perspective of a Tango DJ. Host Cally Banham presents an assortment of Tango Golden Era dance favorites commonly heard at milongas around the world, selections she'd choose as Tango DJ. It’s hard to sit still when the lively waltzes and tangos from the big orchestras are playing! Music featured is from Aníbal Troilo, Carlos Di Sarli, Osvaldo Pugliese, Juan D’Arienzo and more.

11/23 Kronos Quartet Astor Piazzolla's collaboration with the Kronos Quartet at the end of his life. Astor Piazzolla first heard the Kronos Quartet perform in New York toward the end of his life. Mutual admiration between the composer and the ensemble led to a meaningful collaboration, which included Piazzolla’s last ever studio recording session. Host Cally Banham shares recordings of of Kronos Quartet with Piazzolla on bandoneon, performing the music he wrote for them.

11/30 José Basso Tango musician José Basso's recordings along with stories from his long career. Pianist, orchestra leader and composer José Basso is considered one of the musicians rooted in tango of later times with the toughest stamina. After being trained by the great Anibal Troilo, Basso led his own orchestra uninterruptedly for over fifty years! Everywhere he went, from Argentina to Japan, he was wildly popular, Host Cally Banham plays the music of José Basso spanning his long career and tells stories of his extraordinary life.

Related Content