Voyage Through the Americas celebrates the rich tapestry of musical influences across North and South America, featuring the works of eight iconic composers. Aaron Copland’s El Salón México and George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture complement the music of Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentine Alberto Ginastera. Iconic ragtime piano works by Scott Joplin showcase a genre that infused African American, European Classical, and Caribbean influences, while Samuel Barber’s blend of American and European dances shines in his eclectic Souvenirs. Leonard Bernstein was an ardent champion of Latin American composers; his poignant Three Meditations from Mass is included. Finally, Argentine American Osvaldo Golijov draws on the music of his home country in Mariel, a moving tribute to a departed friend. Featuring unique combinations of piano, cello, and percussion, the program will take listeners on a sizzling journey through both hemispheres.
Focus Residency events are presented live in the Spieker Center for the Arts. Live stream tickets are also available for those who wish to watch from home.