Colombian Maestro Is Guest Conductor of Baylor Symphony

November 6, 2014
Hadrián Ávila Arzuza, Music Director of the Córdoba Symphony Orchestra in Argentina, will conduct the Baylor Symphony Orchestra in a concert on Tuesday, November 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
Also in attendance at this concert will be Mexican composer Juan Pablo Contreras, whose music has been played by major orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. His El laberinto de la soledad from 2011 will open the program.
Guest soloist will be John Romero, winner of the 2014 Baylor Concerto Competition. He will play the Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, Op. 114, of English composer Derek Bourgeois. This work was commissioned in 1989 by the British Trombone Society.
Following intermission, the Maestro Ávila will conduct the Baylor Symphony in the four-movement Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Its finale, “The Little Train of Caipira,” is quite familiar as a concert piece for orchestra.
Music of Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera will close the program. The orchestra will perform a suite of Four Dances from Estancia, Op. 8a, dating from 1943. The complete ballet, Estancia, was not premiered until nine years after the popular suite.
Maestro Hadrián Ávila graduated from Saint Petersburg Conservatory and was a pupil of Charles Dutoit and Kurt Masur. He has conducted such orchestras as the Saint Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Montevideo Philharmonic, Bogotá Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, and the National Symphony of Cuba. Serving as Music Director and Principal Conductor of Argentina’s Córdoba Symphony Orchestra since 2007, he has a passionate interest in promoting the works of composers from Latin America.
This concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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