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Sounds of South America

Posted by lgirard on February 23rd 2006 to Center News

Komodore.jpgGuitarist Alex Komodore may be a familiar face to Music with a View audiences but the songs he plays this spring will be entirely new. Komodore, an assistant professor of music at Metropolitan State College of Denver, will present an enticing program of works by South American composers on March 23 and 24. The two evenings will include masterpieces by Villa- Lobos (Brazil), “ultra” romantic music by Agustin Barrios (Paraguay), tangos by Piazzolla (Argentina) as well as the monumental Sonata of Ginastera (Argentina).

“I’m excited to perform some of the great South American works for guitar,” said Komodore via email. “Each piece [on the program] represent the highest standard in guitar music that exists—stunning rhythms, extraordinary color, soulful melodic material and challenging harmonic inventiveness.”

While each piece reflects the unique cultural experiences of its composer (often through a sound that we would identify as having a “refined European sensibility”), Komodore explains that many of the works were inspired by the music of native South American tribes. It’s the fusion of varied influences that makes these musical pieces so compelling. MWAV series director Wayne Templeman and Komodore jointly developed the concept for this concert. “Wayne is a great innovator and musician in his own right who constantly looks for challenging new material for the series,” said Komodore, “it’s my goal to honor that aesthetic.”

Thursday & Friday, March 23 & 24, 2006
7:00 p.m., $12

To buy tickets, call the Box Office at 720-898-7200.

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