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Chicago Cultural Center Presents Latin Composers' Takes On "Peace And War"
Published October 25, 2006

A program specially created for the Chicago Humanities Festival showcases the sterling work of premier U.S. and Chicago-based Latino composers, featuring Raul Jaurena along with musicians from the Civic  Orchestra of Chicago.

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, UIC Latino Cultural Center, Chicago Humanities Festival and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago will be presenting the Chicago Latino Composers Series: Peace and War on Sunday, October 29, at 3 pm, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. Admission is free.

This program, specially created for the Chicago Humanities Festival, showcases the sterling work of premier U.S. and Chicago-based Latino composers, performed at the highest possible level of musicianship. This 90-minute program features string quartet-based compositions by Ricardo Lorenz and Gustavo Leone, plus a concerto for the concertina-like instrument, the bandonéon, by Elbio Barilari. Scheduled performers include soloists Raul Jaurena (bandonéon) and Kalian Patak (percussion), along with musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

This is the second concert of the Chicago Latino Composers at the Preston Bradley Hall. In the first one, pieces by seven Latino composers of the area were presented together for the first time. Since this second program is presented as a part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, which this year focuses on “Peace and War,” pieces and poetry related with these topics were included, such as the work by Dario, Hernandez, Guillen and Belli, as well as the world premiere of “Una voz, un grito, un lamento” (A voice, a Scream, a Lament), by Gustavo Leone. “Puente Trans-Arabico” (Trans-Arabic), by Ricardo Lorenz, in its own and very positive way, could be related as well with current conflicts (and the bridges to solve them).

The other segment of this program is related to Tango through different approaches to this traditional genre of Rio de la Plata. Regarding the poetry, four authors representing different times and approaches have been included. From the glorious and very romantic tone chosen by Ruben Dario, the furious call to freedom written by Miguel Hernandez in the middle of Spain’s Civil War, the perplexity of Nicolas Guillen asking a soldier why he thinks he –as a civil person- hates him, to Gioconda Belli recalling the violence, danger and misery of war after the war is over.