What: Musica Latina: a Benefit Concert of Latin American and Spanish Music

Where: Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane, Appleton, WI 54915

When: Saturday, October 1, 1-3:30PM

Admission: half of free-will donations will be given to the Caneille Regional Development Fund

Former Tucson Symphony Cellist Tom Clowes and pianist Ji-Young Kim, group piano professor at the University of Arizona, present “Musica Latina,” a concert of Spanish songs, Argentine tango, Argentine cowboy music, and Brazilian-classical fusion by Manuel De Falla, Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Half of donations collected at Friday’s concert will be given to the Caneille Regional Development Fund, which provides education, emergency medical transport, and economic development programs to Caneille, Haiti.

The concert will include Villa-Lobos’ Second Sonata for Cello and Piano, Ginastera’s Pampeana #2, Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango, and Suite Populaire by De Falla. Villa Lobos’ sonata is a nearly unknown work by a composer influenced by French impressionism and Brazilian indigenous and folk music. Pampeana #2 is music for the gauchos, or cowboys, of the pampas, or Brazilian countryside. Le Grand Tango is also a product of musical fusion, mixing elements of Baroque, classical, jazz, and tango music. Suite Populaire Espagnole by De Falla is made up of six Spanish flamenco love songs and lullabies, originally for voice and piano.

Tom Clowes, Lawrence class of ’01, was a member of the Tucson Symphony and Tucson Pops Orchestras before leaving for Chicago to study with international cello soloist Wendy Warner. Ji-Young Kim has performed at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Festival, as a concerto soloist at the Rocky Ridge Music Festival and the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, and in master classes with Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, and Anne-Marie McDermott. Clowes and Kim have been performing as a duo and in a trio for over five years, including performances broadcast on Tucson’s classical KUAT-FM.

The concert is presented in partnership with The Caneille Regional Development Fund, and organization begun by recent Lawrence graduates Oliver and Rebecca Zornow. The project grew out of Oliver’s senior thesis project at Appleton’s Valley New School. Since inception, the project has funded the establishment of a tuition-free primary school serving over 190 students in the first through sixth grade, emergency medical transport, and variety of other projects including a school meal program and community seed distribution.

Preview: Clowes-Kim Duo: Song of the Black Swan (Youtube)

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