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The Spanish Hour celebrates the impact of El Sistema, 7/24 @ 10pm

7/3 Gems from Uruguay, Panamá, and Spain 20th-century chamber music for winds and small orchestra from Panama and Uruguay, featuring a suite for six – count ‘em six -- tubas by Uruguay’s Enrique Crespo, plus miniatures for small orchestra from Panama’s Roque Cordero. Federico Moreno Torroba’s homage to the dance “seguidilla” rounds out this week’s program.


7/10 Música de cámara: Argentina, Mexico and Spain Chamber Music from Spain, Argentina, and Mexico from the early and mid 20th century, featuring a piano quartet by Spain's Joaquín Turina, Argentinian composer Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires arranged for piano trio, and Mexican composer Carlos Chávez's first string quartet. Artists include Trio Solisti, Southwest Chamber Music, and the Damocles Trio.

7/17 Works for Piano from Spain Lesser known Spanish composers Federico Longás and Jesús Guridi take their places alongside Isaac Albéniz on this program of Spanish piano masterpieces. A piano showpiece written for Vladimir Horowitz by the Barcelona-born Federico Longás, a suite based on folk music from the Basque country by Basque composer Jesús Guridi, and Isaac Albéniz' Suite española No 1.

7/24 El Sistema: Venezuela’s Orchestral “System” Works by Venezuelan composers Inocente Carreño, Aldemaro Romero, and Antonio Estévez Aponte, with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, the best known of the orchestras of “El Sistema;” conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, who will be leaving the LA Philharmonic for the New York Philharmonic in 2026, and Eduardo Mata conducting Venezuela’s professional Simón Bolívar Orchestra and Chorus.

7/31 British guitarist Julian Bream English guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream devoted much of his creative energy to the Spanish repertory. This week, we'll hear selections from the Spanish repertory of British guitarist Julian Bream, joined, at times, by guitarist John Williams and the RCA Victor Orchestra in works by Albéniz, Turina, Granados, Rodrigo, and more.

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