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Roberto Hidalgo: Copland & Chávez

Americas Society

October 14, 2016


Aaron Copland and Carlos Chávez (Image: Carlos Chávez, Iconografía, Conaculta, 1994).

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Admission: FREE for AS and YPA Members, and Hunter College students; $20 for non-members. (No additional fees will be charged when purchasing online.) $10 tickets will be available for purchase at the door for students and seniors with ID.

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Mexican-born pianist Roberto Hidalgo explores the unique cultural dialogue between Aaron Copland and Carlos Chávez, who was involved with the Pan-American Association of Composers in the late 1930s in New York. Hidalgo draws upon his most recent recording project Lineage as a point of entry for this performance, with special guest violinist Theresa Salomon.

This event is co-organized by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and is the final event of the "New York City Celebrates Carlos Chávez" series.


Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Piano Sonata (1939-41)
  El Salón México (arr. Leonard Bernstein, 1936)
Carlos Chávez (1899-1978) Three Spirals for violin and piano (1934)
  Selections from 10 Preludes for Piano (1937)
  Variations for violin and piano (1969)
Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940) Three pieces for violin and piano (1932)


About the artists

An enthusiastic performer of new works, pianist Roberto Hidalgo participates regularly in events such as the Look & Listen Festival and the KeyedUp Music Project in New York, the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez and the International Festival Música Nueva Monterrey in Mexico, and the Foro de Compositores del Caribe. As a chamber musician, he has appeared at the Chappaquiddick Chamber Music Festival, the Music Mountain Summer Music Festival, and the Vochora-Festival d’Art Polyphonique in Tournon-Sur-Rhone, France. He is a regular guest soloist with Sinfónica de Minería, Sinfónica de Xalapa, Orquesta de Cámara de Baja California, Plainfield Orchestra, and the Orquesta de Cámara de la Ciudad de México. He has worked with conductors Carlos Miguel Prieto and Angel Romero, as well as with the Avalon String Quartet, Jacqueline Mayeur, Andreas Plattner, and Marisa Canales. Hidalgo holds degrees from Mannes College of Music (BM, MM) and the Manhattan School of Music (DMA). He teaches at the Bloomingdale School of Music. 

German violinist Theresa Salomon has performed at such international festivals as Festival Presence (Paris); Gulbenkian Festival, (Lisbon); Prague Spring Festival; Ostfriesland Festival (Germany); Connecticut Early Music Festival; and Ostrava Days for New Music (Czech Republic), where she was a soloist with the Janácek Philharmonic. In New York she performs on both period and modern violin with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, New York Collegium, and SEM Ensemble. Salomon has recorded for the Vandenburg and Tzadik labels, among others.

Roberto Hidalgo performs Bernstein's "Cha-cha" from West Side Story (arr. Leo Smit).

Image: Reception in honor of Aaron Copland, US Embassy, Mexico City, March 15, 1972.