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Baroque, Spanish, and Latin Music Highlight Concert

KEENE, N.H. 10/25/02 - Baroque music along with Spanish and Latin dances and songs will be featured in a concert by the Keene State College Guitar Orchestra and Latin American Ensemble on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The concert, which includes mestizo and indigenous music for panpipes, charango, guitar, and singers starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth age 17 and younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

José Lezcano, professor of music, directs the nine-member KSC Guitar Orchestra and the 27 students in the Latin American Ensemble.

Lezcano arranged the music for the guitar orchestra including four Bach chorales; Las Mañanitas, a Mexican folk song; Sevillanas, a flamenco dance; and Spanish Dance No. 10 by Enrique Granados. KSC student Logan Gabriel will be the featured guitar soloist during the Spring concerto from Antonio Vivaldis The Four Seasons. Lezcano will play a guitar solo by Argentine composer José Luis Merlin with the Latin American Ensemble. KSC students Leah Kisselbrack and Julie Martin will be featured as flute soloists during the program of music from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Argentina. The program will include Atahualpa Yupanquis Camino y Piedra, a famous folk song from the perspective of a wandering gaucho (an Argentine cowboy).

Lezcano, a Cuban-born guitarist, composer, and folklorist, teaches music theory and Latin American music at Keene State. His programs of traditional guitar repertory and Andean music have taken him from Carnegie Recital Hall to major festivals in Quito, Lima, and Rio de Janeiro as a recitalist, collaborative musician, and soloist with orchestra. He has received numerous national prizes and awards, including the Music Teachers National Association National Guitar Competition (1983) and a Fulbright Award (1999) to Ecuador to teach, perform, and pursue research on indigenous guitar traditions.

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