FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Philadelphia, PA– October 18, 2021. Esperanza Art Center (EAC) is pleased to announce. Lo que vendrá on November 6th – a musical celebration of the centenary of legendary Argentine composer, Astor Piazzolla. The genre-defying marathon concert will feature the artist’s instrumental and vocal music for tango ensembles, orquesta típica and operita, as well as selections from the composer’s classical and jazz repertoire.
Curated and directed by acclaimed bandoneonist Shinjoo Cho, this marathon is both a retrospective and a contemplation of the future. Building on the riveting but rarely performed works that reveal Piazzolla’s true genius in their original instrumentations, the concert will include a newly commissioned piece by Diego Schissi, one of Argentina’s most prominent living composers, for solo bandoneon and musicians from Orchestra 2001, featuring Shinjoo on bandoneon.
“In addition to his well-deserved title as father of modern tango, Piazzolla’s impact and influence on a wide variety of musical styles is profound.” notes Bill Rhoads, SVP of Esperanza Arts Center. “Esperanza Arts Center is excited to work with the incredible musician and producer, Shinjoo Cho, and to spotlight our region’s most esteemed musicians, including Orchestra 2001 and Grammy Award nominated Argentine composer Diego Schissi, in this fitting tribute to Piazzolla – one of the most important Latino composers and performers in the 20th century.”
Creator of Lo que vendrá Shinjoo Cho adds,” There’s no mistaking the exhilarating emotional language of Piazzolla, His musical path was unprecedented, and his thousands of compositions always point to what’s to come. This concert traces the prolific composer in his formative years and the mentors and the contemporaries that shaped him and concludes with new music that follows in his pioneering spirit. The program features some of the most accomplished, groundbreaking pieces he wrote for his own ever-changing ensembles. This extensive program is possible because of the talent pool from Philadelphia, New York, and Argentina with many of us led to our musical pursuits thanks to Piazzolla.”
“Orchestra 2001 is thrilled to continue ¡Conexiones!, our explorations of the greatest contemporary music from across Latin America, with this tribute to one of the world’s most versatile composers,” comments Adam Lesnick, Executive Director of Orchestra 2001. “This broad survey of Piazzolla’s output, accompanied by his inspirations that ranged from Béla Bartók to Duke Ellington, will provide listeners with an insider’s view into his genius and trajectory. Lo que vendrá (What comes next) will conclude with the premiere of Argentine composer Diego Schissi’s brilliant Hombre, perfectly blending the Nuevo Tango genre with contemporary classical music.”
Bandoneonist and composer of chamber, tango, jazz, film, operita, and vocal works, Astor Piazzolla’s compositions blurred the distinction between popular and concert music. Born in Argentina in 1921, raised in New York, and matured in Buenos Aires and Europe, his music embodies the many worlds that shaped him and has influenced the increasingly intercultural, genre-bending music we hear today.
The new genre of Nuevo Tango is attributed to Piazzolla and those who followed, but his true contribution lies in creating a unique voice that emerged out of popular, classical, and jazz music. Propelled by his composition studies with Alberto Ginastera and Nadia Boulanger, Piazzolla quickly transcended the tango framework and has been adapted for and performed by musicians and orchestras around the world.
Drawing from the wealth of tango, jazz, and classical musicians from Philadelphia and beyond, Piazzolla’s music will receive fresh yet seasoned interpretations. The program will be presented in chronological order to show the evolution of Piazzolla as a musician and it will be interspersed by the music of his teachers and contemporaries who formed and influenced him.
This three-hour event will be performed like a marathon relay – each instrument will have multiple performers who will rotate out at various intervals, resulting in kaleidoscopic formations of new ensembles every few pieces.
Leading up to the marathon, Shinjoo Cho will visit music students of Esperanza Academy to lead talks on Piazzolla and the impact of his music on the present day.
Lo que vendrá featured musicians
Sofia Tosello, voice
Hector Pereyra, voice
Doris Hall-Gulati, clarinet
Jason Klinke, guitar
Federico Díaz, guitar
Matt Davis, guitar
Shinjoo Cho, bandoneon
Leandro Ragusa, bandoneon
Suzzette Ortiz, piano
Emilio Teubal, piano
Nina Siniakova, piano
Franco Pinna, percussion
Luigi Mazzocchi, violin
Sergio Reyes, violin
Benjamin Blazer, cello/contrabass
Doug Mapp, contrabass
Pablo Lanouguere, contrabass
Lo que vendrá will take place Saturday, November 6, from 6:00pm-9:30pm at Teatro Esperanza. The performance will be presented as an in-person and a livestreamed event, Ticketholders are welcome to enter and exit the Teatro anytime between performances throughout the evening. To attend Lo que vendrá either in-person or virtually and to learn more, visit www.esperanzaartscenter.us.
Performances will be presented at 50% capacity in the Teatro and masks are required throughout the event, regardless of vaccination status. For Esperanza’s current COVID safety policies and restrictions, visit https://www.esperanza.us/esperanza-visitor/.
Lo que vendrá was made possible with generous lead support by the Musical Fund Society, Steven R. Gerber Trust, and The Presser Foundation, and is sponsored by Jacobs Music.
Guided by our core values of faith, excellence, and integrity, Esperanza Arts Center (EAC) will touch the lives of, and foster positive social change in, the Hunting Park neighborhood and the Latino community through the arts. EAC is the center for Latino arts and culture in the Philadelphia region – presenting music, dance, theater, cinema, and visual art from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as a broad spectrum of traditions from around the world.
Orchestra 2001 is a collective of adventurous, virtuoso performers dedicated to the music of our time. The ensemble strives to be an international leader in connecting diverse audiences with the greatest music of the 20th and 21st centuries, engaging new listeners through exhilarating concerts, innovative artistic collaborations, and enriching community partnerships in Philadelphia and beyond.
Esperanza is a national community-based organization founded in 1987 by Rev. Luis Cortés and the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity with the biblical mandate to serve and advocate for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). Beginning with a local initiative, with programs targeted to address the unmet needs of North Philadelphia’s Hispanic community, Rev. Cortes is now sought by national and international leaders alike on issues of economic and workforce development, housing, immigration, and education. Under his leadership, Esperanza has grown from a small 20-person operation to a $40 million organization with more than 450 employees. Follow us on social media @esperanza_us on Twitter and Instagram, EsperanzaUSA on Facebook and Esperanza US on YouTube. For more information, please visit www.esperanza.us.