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Ginastera in 2016: Centennial Events

(November 2015)

Ginastera2016EventsNews.jpg The centennial of Alberto Ginastera is right around the corner and events abound.

The most revered Argentine composer of the twentieth century will be getting a year-long, international celebration in 2016. Alberto Ginastera (1916–83) is seen as one of the most important composers of the twentieth century – not just as a South American, but as an artist who commanded a global presence. Such a massive retrospective of Ginastera’s oeuvre has never been organized; this survey promises to showcase the man as a compositional force in the echelon of the greatest composers of the 1900s.

In February, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform the Piano Concerto No. 1 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with soloist Sergio Tiempo. In March, the LA Phil brings the work on tour with stops in New York, Paris, Luxembourg, and London.

The Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires will present a new production of Ginastera’s third and final opera, Beatrix Cenci, in March. The Teatro Colón also hosts performances of works such as Estancia, Variaciones Concertantes, Piano Concerto No. 1, the Harp Concerto, and the Violin Concerto, among others, by the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires in the following months.

On 7 April, the Miró Quartet performs the complete cycle of Ginastera’s three string quartets at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Multiple performances of the first two quartets by the Miró Quartet lead up to this culminating event.

Perhaps the most all-encompassing celebration of Ginastera’s works in the United States will be undertaken by Trinity Wall Street in New York. After last season’s widely heralded performance of Turbae ad passionem gregorianam at Carnegie Hall, led by Julian Wachner, Trinity Wall Street has devoted next spring to Ginastera’s output; the "Revolutions" Festival (3 March – 20 May) covers the composer’s centennial with a 15-event survey. Works to be performed include the piano sonatas, string quartets, Cantata Bomarzo, Cello Concerto No. 1, Psalm 150, and the grand, percussion-centric Cantata para América mágica.

Also in April — Ginastera’s birthday month — pianist Barbara Nissman, dedicatee of the Piano Sonata No. 3, will present multiple events at Spectrum in New York City. The "Ginastera 100" Festival includes an April 11 birthday concert as well as other performances and master class events. Ms. Nissman will also give a lecture on Ginastera at New York University on 15 April. On 24 April at Kings Place, London, there will be a birthday concert celebrating Ginastera’s 100th as well as the birthdays of the composers who influenced him — Prokofiev, Bartók, and Liszt. Ms. Nissman will also give lectures at music schools throughout the UK: Guildhall School of Music on 20 April, Birmingham Conservatoire on 21 April, Trinity Laban College of Music on 22 April, and Royal Northern College of Music on 26 April.

A new staging of Ginastera’s second opera, Bomarzo, by Pierre Audi is unveiled by the Teatro Real in Madrid in its 2016–17 season and travels on to Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam in a future season. Other highlights include the Violin Concerto and Ollantay in Madrid, the Harp Concerto performed by Marie-Pierre Langlamet and the Berlin Philharmonic, an all-Ginastera concert by the Polish National Radio Symphony in Katowice, Popol Vuh with lighting installation by the celebrated designer rosalie in Karlsruhe, and the recently restored Concierto Argentino in Stavanger.

New discs in honor of the centennial include a major cycle of ballets, piano concertos, and orchestral works recorded by the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena for Chandos, and the premiere recording of Music from Bomarzo on an all-Ginastera disc from Capriccio. The first commercial recording of Ginastera’s Turbae as passionem gregorianam is promised for release by Trinity Wall Street.

For a complete list of upcoming performances of Alberto Ginastera's music, click here. If you do not see your organization's event listed, please let us know by emailing your local Boosey & Hawkes office: composers.us@boosey.com, composers.uk@boosey.com, composers.germany@boosey.com.





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