RICHARDSON, Texas (Oct. 11, 2004) — Two faculty members at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) -- Kathryn Evans, soprano and director, and Enric Madriguera, guitarist – will join with UTD’s Chamber Singers and Southern Methodist University (SMU) Kahn Professor Emeritus of History Luis Martin to present a tribute to Federico Garcia Lorca on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m., in the Jonsson Performance Hall on the UTD campus.
The concert will feature poems by Lorca, considered Spain’s greatest 20 th century poet and dramatist, and music by both Lorca and Mario Castelnouvo-Tedesco. Lorca was influenced by his association with Generación del 27, a group of artists that included the poet Rafael Alberti, Salvadore Dalí and filmmaker Luis Bunuel. Castelnouvo-Tedesco was a talented composer who wrote music for such diverse media as ballet, film and opera. Both Lorca and Castelnouvo-Tedesco composed pieces for the guitar chiefly because of their association with famed guitarist Andrés Segovia.
Evans and Madriguera will open the concert with Canciones EspañolasAntiguas, originally written by Lorca for the flamenco dancer “La Argentinita.” Madriguera will play Two Andalusian Songs by Ernesto Cordero. These songs contain the same folk themes as Lorca’s Los Cuatro Muleros and El Café de Chinitas. Martin will read various poems by Lorca and other 20 th century Spanish poets. The UTD Chamber Singers, directed by Evans, will perform Castelnouvo-Tedesco’s Romancero Gitano while Madriguera plays the guitar. Athough Castelnuovo-Tedesco used Lorca’s title for these pieces, the poems he chose are not the ones Lorca originally published as Romancero Gitano, but come from other collections.
Many of Lorca's works contain a dark edge. His famous tragedies concern characters at odds with an oppressive society. Unfortunately, the Nationalists considered intellectuals to be dangerous, and Lorca was murdered at the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Much of the martyred poet’s work was banned until the reign of Francisco Franco ended in the 1970’s.
Castelnouvo-Tedesco immigrated to the U.S. in 1939 to escape the escalating Fascism in Italy. He continued to compose and teach. Gaslight and Ten Little Indians are two films for which Castelnouvo-Tedesco composed the score. Film composers such as John Williams hold Castelnouvo-Tedesco in high esteem as a teacher.
Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission and free to UTD students with a UTD Photo ID at the venue box office the night of the event. Discounts are available to faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and students. UTD ticket office hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at the door one hour prior to show time. To purchase tickets using Visa, MasterCard or Discover, please call 972-883-2972.
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