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Villa-Lobos Retrospective at the Redfern

KEENE, N.H., 10/20/09 - The Keene State College faculty and guest artists will celebrate the music of Hector Villa-Lobos on Friday, November 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.

Often referred to as the Brazilian Bach, Villa-Lobos is one of the most significant Latin American composers of the 20th century, writing numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental, and vocal works. During his lifetime, he collected folk music from indigenous groups, organized and systematized his country’s public music education curriculum, and was a world ambassador for Brazil. Since his death in 1959, his popularity continues to increase, confirming his status as a seminal a voice of the 20th century.

The program will feature etudes for solo guitar, music for solo piano, sonatas for violin and saxophone, and a number of chamber music works, including the rarely-heard “Choros No. 7” and “Sexteto Mistico.”

Keene State faculty members to perform are Joy Flemming, bassoon; Heather Gilligan, piano; Sussan Henkel, oboe; Marcia Lehninger, violin; José Lezcano, guitar; George Loring, piano; Robin Matathias, flute; David Runnion, cello; and Craig Sylvern, tenor saxophone. Guest artists will be Karen Bressett; clarinet, Franciska Huhn, harp; and Sabine Rhyne, cello.

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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