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.

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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.

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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.

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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 or call 313-965-8430.