DETROIT (WWJ) – The Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the Arts League of Michigan headquarters, the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center, on Saturday, Nov. 12th at 8 p.m. The concert, “Música de las Américas” features a work by New York composer Gabriela Lena Frank, and is part of the 2011-2012 “Classic Carr Series.”
Music with a Latin flavor will fill the evening with your favorite, and soon to become favorite works. It opens with a concert version of “Malaguena” by Ernesto Lecuona, the Cuban composer and pianist, arranged by Ferde Grofe. Next comes “Ocho Por Radio” by Silvestre Revueltas – a musical spoof on Mexican radio cleverly orchestrated to imitate a “sound of the border” radio station. Also included is the haunting Bachinanas Brasilerias No. 5 by Villa-Lobos.
One of the highlights of the concert will be the performance of “Elegia Andina” by Gabriela Lena Frank, a graduate of the University of Michigan. Her composition draws from her ethnically rich Peruvian/Chinese/Lithuanian/Jewish ancestry.
The final piece in the concert is the brilliant and demanding, “Varicones Concertantes” Opus 23 by Alberto Ginestrera. It was written as a concerto for orchestra and features different instruments in solo roles at various points throughout the piece.
The Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center is located at 311 East Grand River in Detroit. Tickets for the concert are $25. For more information, visit www.artsleague.com or call 313-965-8430.