Gustavo Dudamel en New Year, New Discoveries From South America <p>As is so often the case, discoveries are made by the back way. I was browsing today the upcoming 2014 programming of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, conducted by my old acquaintance <a href="" target="_blank">Enrique Arturo Diemecke</a>. I saw many familiar composers, but a sprinkling of unknown, mostly Latin American composers as well. <a href="" target="_blank">Esteban Benzecry</a>, an Argentine musician, was among them. It was a new name to me, and new music--they're playing his Violin Concerto in Buenos Aires. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:03:22 +0000 James Baker 24839 at Interpreting Frida Kahlo (Through Music) <p>Mention&nbsp;Frida&nbsp;Kahlo&nbsp;and we immediately think of the painter and the wide range of self portraits she produced during her troubled -- and at times anguished -- life. A recent recording by the Dublin Drag Orchestra with vocalist&nbsp;Clara&nbsp;Sanabras brings to light another side of&nbsp;Kahlo: occasional poet and writer. "La Vida&nbsp;Callada," ("The Unspoken Life") is included on the recently issued "¡Viva&nbsp;Frida!" from the Heresy record label. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:45:05 +0000 James Baker 3400 at Interpreting Frida Kahlo (Through Music)