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Guitar at Music of the Americas: Spring 2015 Events

Clockwise from left: Jorge Caballero, Luna Monti and Juan Quintero, Wendy Mehne and Pablo Cohen (Images: Victor Lima, Courtesy of the artists, Jenny Stockdale, Ithaca College)

April 14, 2015

Guitar has played a vital role in Americas Society's concerts over the years. We have presented extraordinary artists from the hemisphere, from Carlos Barbosa-Lima to Abel Carlevaro, Fábio Zanon to Sharon Isbin, as well as the Newman-Oltman and Brasil guitar duos, and the Assad Brothers. We have further enriched guitar's role in the series through our collaboration with the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes. This spring, we welcome several wonderful guitarists to the series. 

Brilliant Argentine folk duo Luna Monti and Juan Quintero has their New York debut on May 5. They will be joined by Puerto Rican saxophonist Miguel Zenón, a mainstay of the New York jazz scene. The duo recently released their fifth duo album, Después de usted, and frequently perform throughout Latin America. This event is part of the "Americas in New York" series, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Juan Quintero and Luna Monti perform Amapola live (Revuelto Gramajo, Argentina)

Ithaca College School of Music professor Pablo Cohen joins flute professor Wendy Mehne on May 11 for a diverse program of new music from the hemisphere. Cohen frequently arranges and transcribes masterworks by Latin American composers for his instrument in small and large ensemble contexts, and Mehne was with us last year performing the '70s flute and tape composition Synchronism by Argentine composer Mario Davidovsky. This concert is part of Chamber Music America's National Chamber Music Month.

Pablo Cohen performs Piazzolla's Otoño Porteño (arr. Daniel Binelli).

Peruvian soloist Jorge Caballero, the only guitarist to have received first prize at the Naumburg competition, performs Russian orchestral masterworks from his lastest release, including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, on June 30 as part of the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes.

    Jorge Caballero performs Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol.