Itinerarios http://tpr.org en Arturo Sandoval: Free To Blow His Trumpet The Way He Wants http://tpr.org/post/arturo-sandoval-free-blow-his-trumpet-way-he-wants A former president, a media mogul and a Cuban jazz trumpeter are among the 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday. That Cuban jazz trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval, happened to be performing not too far away from NPR West, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, last Friday. So I went to pay him a visit during rehearsals.<p>A heads up: This is one of those stories that are truly an aural experience. The best way to take in Sandoval is to hear him: his wonderful accent, his exuberance, his command of his instrument. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 22270 at http://tpr.org Arturo Sandoval: Free To Blow His Trumpet The Way He Wants Coming Soon: Mexican-American Soprano Barbara Padilla http://tpr.org/post/coming-soon-mexican-american-soprano-barbara-padilla <p>Promotion can be deceptive; we've all been duped into expecting the latest and greatest this or that, only to be profoundly disappointed, maybe even out some bucks for the CD or online download. That said, and yes it can be regarded a disclaimer, I want to share what looks like the real deal, waiting in the wings, with only the details of the release date still to be determined. Line up behind me for this anticipated new release.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 02:24:33 +0000 James Baker 18942 at http://tpr.org Coming Soon: Mexican-American Soprano Barbara Padilla First Listen: Isaac Karabtchevsky Conducts Villa-Lobos http://tpr.org/post/first-listen-isaac-karabtchevsky-conducts-villa-lobos <p>The year was 1982, I believe, when I first encountered the Brazilian conductor <a href="http://www.karabtchevsky.com.br/en/home/">Isaac Karabtchevsky</a>. He had come to guest conduct the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City Philharmonic), of which I was a member. I have fond memories of the experience, especially the opening number of the concert, the “Overture to Der Freischutz” by Carl Maria von Weber. The orchestra loved playing for him and gave him terrific performances. I recall going out afterward with a group of musicians and Maestro Karabtchevsky, for drinks. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:13:53 +0000 James Baker 18603 at http://tpr.org First Listen: Isaac Karabtchevsky Conducts Villa-Lobos Maria Teresa Rodriguez (1923-2013): Champion of Carlos Chavez http://tpr.org/post/maria-teresa-rodriguez-1923-2013-champion-carlos-chavez <p></p><p><span style="widows: 8; line-height: 1.5;">Speak of the Mexican pianist <a href="http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar%C3%ADa_Teresa_Rodr%C3%ADguez_(pianista)">Maria Teresa Rodriguez </a>and the topic quickly turns to her recordings of the solo piano music of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Ch%C3%A1vez">Carlos Chavez</a>. However, many will advise a more thorough exploration of her work, for she was said to have had a repertoire which included more than 400 pieces, including Maurice Ravel's "Le&nbsp;Tombeau de Couperin."</span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:46:08 +0000 James Baker 18260 at http://tpr.org Maria Teresa Rodriguez (1923-2013): Champion of Carlos Chavez Philip Glass, Searching South Of The Border http://tpr.org/post/philip-glass-searching-south-border <p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 04:40:37 +0000 Nathan Cone 16942 at http://tpr.org Philip Glass, Searching South Of The Border Crossing America with Miguel del Aguila http://tpr.org/post/crossing-america-miguel-del-aguila <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Miguel del Aguila's <a href="http://migueldelaguila.com">website</a> describes him as "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">An internationally recognized compositional voice and talent, Miguel del Aguila creates fresh, spontaneous music often colored by Latin and World Music idioms, and with a healthy respect for the classical tradition and form. What results is a captivating interplay of classical balance and romantic excess. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:06:37 +0000 James Baker 7415 at http://tpr.org Crossing America with Miguel del Aguila Hekel Tavares, The Master Of Brazilian Folklore http://tpr.org/post/hekel-tavares-master-brazilian-folklore <p>We often speak of certain Brazilian composers suffering in the shadow of Heitor Villa-Lobos. After all, he was the one who possessed not only musical genius, but also the ability to attract attention.</p><p>He was, in many ways, bigger than life, which made it a struggle for other very able composers to be seen and heard. These others included Camargo Guarnieri, Franciso Mignone and Claudio Santoro. The music of these composers is still struggling to be heard outside of Brazil.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 01:11:24 +0000 James Baker 5790 at http://tpr.org Hekel Tavares, The Master Of Brazilian Folklore Latin American String Quartet Celebrates 30 Years http://tpr.org/post/latin-american-string-quartet-celebrates-30-years <p></p><p>In many ways, KPAC and the <a href="http://www.cuartetolatinoamericano.com/" target="_blank">Cuarteto&nbsp;Latinoamericano </a>have lived parallel lives over the past 30 years. San Antonio's cultural profile would be quite different today if not for KPAC's dedication to providing great music around the clock for the greater San Antonio area. For these same three decades, the Latin American String Quartet has emerged as the essential champion of Latin American music for string quartet. Long may both these cultural institutions survive.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:19:49 +0000 James Baker 5171 at http://tpr.org Latin American String Quartet Celebrates 30 Years Eduardo Mata: A Documentary Film http://tpr.org/post/eduardo-mata-documentary-film <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Last year (2012) was a Mexico-wide -- and even international -- year of reflection upon the life and career of the Mexican composer and conductor Eduardo Mata. He would have been 70 years old, if not for his<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1995/01/05/obituaries/eduardo-mata-is-dead-at-52-conducted-dallas-symphony.html" target="_blank"> tragic death</a>, much too young, in 1995.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:00:42 +0000 James Baker 4810 at http://tpr.org Eduardo Mata: A Documentary Film Olivia Gorra: Still The Pride Of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz http://tpr.org/post/olivia-gorra-still-pride-coatzacoalcos-veracruz <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">It was 10 years ago that I met the remarkable Mexican soprano Olivia Gorra, at the 2003 Festival Internacional de Cervantino. She had just made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Turandot, with more performances to come. </span></p> Sat, 05 Jan 2013 21:43:26 +0000 James Baker 4309 at http://tpr.org Olivia Gorra: Still The Pride Of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz