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Santa Cecilia Orchestra Presents Baroque Meets Brazil

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Santa Cecilia Orchestra Presents Baroque Meets Brazil

Time: February 21, 2010 from 4pm to 5:30pm
Location: Occidental College, Thorne Hall
Street: 1600 Campus Rd.
City/Town: Los Angeles
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Phone: 323-259-3011
Event Type: orchestra, concert
Organized By: Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Latest Activity: Jan 4, 2016

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Santa Cecilia Orchestra, an orchestra with a special mission to serve the Latino community, will perform under the baton of the orchestra’s music director and conductor, Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega, on February 21, 2010. Music of Vivaldi, Bach and Villa-Lobos will be performed in the acoustically superb Thorne Hall, on the campus of Occidental College in Eagle Rock.

The three composers represented on this concert might seem, on first consideration, a diverse and unrelated group. After all, they hail from three very different countries, and their lives span most of three centuries. Yet Antonio Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, and Heitor Villa-Lobos have much in common and are linked by strong lines of influence. Vivaldi’s music made a great impression on Bach and greatly affected his compositing during the early eighteenth century. Over two hundred years later, Bach’s music exerted a similar influence on Villa-Lobos.

The Venetian composer Antonio Vivaldi was astonishingly prolific, producing nearly 500 concertos featuring practically every instrument in use during his lifetime. Concerti performed on this program will include the Lute Concerto in D major, Michel Kudirka, soloist, Flute Concerto Op. 10 No. 3 in D major “Il Cardellino”, soloist Salpy Kerkonian and Concerto for 4 violins Op 3. No. 10 in b minor, soloists: Melissa Phelps, Yi-Huan Zhao, Andrew McIntosh, and Andrew Tholl.

Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the most original and celebrated South American composers of all time. He helped Brazilian music to become loved throughout the world, and is best known for absorbing the uniquely colorful sounds of his country into his great work. He was born on March 5, 1887 in Rio de Janeiro, where he grew up listening to the unique music of Brazil. In his town, he was accustomed to hearing country folk guitarists, and became captivated by the dance music played in the streets for parties and festivals. He composed his Bachianas Brasileiras, a cycle of nine pieces in total, from 1930-1945. They display a new aesthetic for the composer, more nationalistic and less revolutionary. Each has a Romantic spirit, mixing Brazilian folk music and Bach’s composition techniques of counterpoint.

Santa Cecilia Orchestra will perform Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 and no. 9, scored for string orchestra. These pieces combine a distinctly Brazilian flavor with contrapuntal textures and harmonic patterns inspired by the works of Bach. The result is a remarkable fusion of the musical spirits of the Old and New Worlds, of European composition at its most highly developed and Latin lyricism at its most directly appealing.

Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega, noted symphony and opera conductor has achieved distinction as a creative and consummate musician, as a woman in a groundbreaking career role, and as a leading influence in the growing Latino culture in the United States. Her musical talents have inspired a large following in Southern California through live orchestral presentations, as well as an international audience through televised performances in the United States, Latin America and Europe. She was the first woman in history to receive a Vatican invitation to conduct a symphony orchestra at a Papal Mass.

The concert will take place at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall, 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles on February 21, 2010 at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. There will be one performance only of this program. Tickets priced at $26, $20 and $7 (youth 17 and under) are available by calling the Santa Cecilia Orchestra office at (323) 259-3011 or logging on to

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