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The Spanish Hour in April 2021 celebrates one of Rochester's own, Octavio Vazquez

Composer Octavio Vazquez
Composer Octavio Vazquez

This month, The Spanish Hour celebrates on of Rochester's own - composer and pianist Octavio Vázquez who heads the composition department at Nazareth College. Monday, April 26 @ 10pm.

4/5       Profile: Jorge Morel A celebration of the life and artistry of Argentine-born guitarist and composer Jorge Morel, with recordings of his works performed by David Starobin, David Russell, Hilary Field, and Maestro Morel himself.

4/12      Spanish Music from the 16th to 18th Centuries Francisco Guerrero, Joan and Josep Pla, and Domienico Scarlatti on this week's edition of Spanish Music in eras ranging from the Renaissance through the Galant.

4/19      A Rose for Love: Music for Sant Jordi Whether you know April 23rd as la Diada de Sant Jordi, el día de la rosa, or el día del libre, (St. George's Day, The Day of the Rose, or World Book Day,) The Spanish Hour celebrates the Catalan national holiday with Catalan classics from the Renaissance through the 20th century. We'll hear sacred music from the Renaissance by Joan Cererols, piano miniatures reminiscent of Schumann's Album for the Young by Granados disciple Josep Martí i Cristià, and a piano trio by Granados himself, written when he was 27.

4/26      Remembering Guernica On April 26, 1937, Axis forces, with Franco's knowledge and consent, obliterated the quiet Basque town of Guernica, killing 1,654 civilians, mostly women and children. We'll commemorate the anniversary of this tragic event with Octavio Vázquez's Guernica (Piano Trio Number 1.) Born in Spain's Galicia region, composer and pianist Octavio Vázquez heads the composition department in Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.