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A Musical Journey through Latin America

KEENE, N.H., 09/08/12 - The Keene State College Department of Music welcomes guest soprano Patricia Caicedo, who will join KSC faculty, José Lezcano (guitar), and George Loring (piano) in a recital on Monday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and under. For tickets, call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The “Musical Journey Through Latin America” program will feature works by composers from Argentina, Spain, Cuba, Brazil, Columbia, and Venezuela, to include De Falla, Ovalle, Villa-Lobos, Dominguez, Carlos Guastavino, Braga, Lezcano, and more.

Colombian soprano Patricia Caicedo is an international concert and recording artist and the leading interpreter of the Latin American and Spanish art song, a vocal music composition usually written for one singer with piano or orchestral accompaniment. Singing in Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua, and Catalan, she draws listeners into the world of beauty, poetry, and warmth that is the Latin American Art Song, an art form thriving today due to Caicedo’s determination to ensure its future. Caicedo’s distinguished career includes concerts with symphony orchestras and recitals in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. As one reviewer noted, “Reflecting her deep emotional connection to the music, she interprets the repertory with extraordinary sensitivity and sweetness.”

Cuban-born guitarist, composer, educator, and folklorist José Lezcano has captivated audiences on four continents. His programs of traditional and South American guitar repertory and Andean music and his own solo, concerto, and chamber works have taken him from Carnegie Recital Hall and New York City’s North-South Consonance Series to major venues and festivals in Ecuador, Columbia, Peru, Brazil, China, Germany, and the Czech Republic as recitalist, collaborative musician, and concerto soloist. Lezcano has earned numerous awards, including first prize in the MTNA national Guitar Competition, the NH State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, NHMTA Composer of the Year (2002 and 2007), KSC Distinguished Research Award, and a Fulbright Award to Ecuador where he performed as orchestral soloist and pursued research on indigenous guitar traditions. He has been teaching guitar, music theory, and Latin American Music at Keene State since 1991.

George Loring is an Artist-in-Residence at Keene State where he teaches piano performance, accompanying, piano pedagogy, class piano, piano ensemble, and music theory and fulfills extensive accompaniment duties. He performs frequently throughout New England as a soloist, collaborative artist, and chamber musician and has performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Hawaii. He’s also appeared on New Hampshire public radio and television. Loring has performed with the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, and the Jupiter Symphony of New York City, and he has appeared as pianist for the Monadnock Chorus at Carnegie Hall.

Located off Wyman Way, the Redfern Arts Center is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office at 603-358-2168 prior to the recital.

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