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NEW YEAR’S EVE:
THE MUSIC OF ARGENTINA
MONDAY, December 31, 2018
7:30 PM - Lexington Opera House
This New Year’s Eve, fall in love with the seductive heart of Tango!
Star soprano Camille Zamora joins LexPhil with award-winning Argentinian dancers Patricio Touceda and Sonya Tsekanovsky and internationally- acclaimed bandoneón artist Hector Del Curto for a night of fiery Tango classics, including “La Cumparsita,” “Oblivion,” “El Choclo,” “Volver,” and “Por Una Cabeza” by Ástor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel and others.
Camille Zamora, soprano
Hector Del Curto, bandoneón
Patricio Touceda & Sonya Tsekanovsky, dancers
Residence Inn by Marriott Lexington Keeneland Airport
Friday, February 1st at 8 PM - CLASSIC 102.1
Sunday, February 3rd at 8 PM - WEKU 88.9
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Praised by The New York Times as a “splendid player,” Argentinean bandoneónist Hector Del Curto is one of the world’s most sought– after bandoneónists. He has performed with luminaries across many musical genres including the Tango legends, Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese, latin jazz giant Paquito D’Rivera, jazz violinist Regina Carter, pianist Orli Shaham, violinist Cho–Liang Lin and appeared with orchestras around the world.
Born into a family of bandoneón players, Mr. Del Curto was introduced to the world of Tango and bandoneón by his grandfather, Héctor Cristobal. By the age of 17, he had won the title “Best Bandoneón Player Under 25” in Argentina, and was invited to join the orchestra of Osvaldo Pugliese, the “Last Giant of Tango.” His celebrated quintet has appeared in venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Eastman School of Music, Bay Chambers Concerts, National Folk Festival, Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Fiesta Iberoamericano de las Artes in Puerto Rico, Festival Internacional da Safona and Copa Fest in Brazil among many others.
A musician who is dedicated to the education, outreach and preservation of tango music, Mr. Del Curto founded the Stowe Tango Music Festival, the premier tango music festival in the United States, noted both for its unique series of performances and its high level of musical training. As the festival’s Artistic Director, he directs the Stowe Tango Music Festival Orchestra, a 20 plus piece tango orchestra comprised of an extraordinary group of selected students from all over the globe and world-class artists including guest tango legends from Argentina.
In collaboration with artists ranging from Plácido Domingo to Sting, Camille Zamora has garnered acclaimed for her “dramatic and nuanced” (The New York Times) intepretations of repertoire ranging from Mozart to tango. Equally at home in concert, recital, and on the operatic stage, Camille is known for her “dignity and glowing sound” (The New York Times) in “luminous, transcendently lyrical” performances (Opera News) that “combine gentility and emotional fire” (Houston Chronicle).
The past season featured her Kennedy Center debut, performances at the US Capitol with Yo-Yo Ma, concerts of classic tango with Fort Worth Symphony and Florida Orchestra, and five new operatic roles, including the tour de force double-bill of La Voix Humaine and I Pagliacci with Opera Columbus.
Other highlights include music of Granados with Yo-Yo Ma and Cristina Pato in The Music of Strangers, the 2016 documentary film by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville about Yo-Yo Ma and his musical collaborators; performances with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, London Symphony Orchestra, and Guadalajara Symphony; live recital broadcasts on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio, and Sirius XM; and the title role in Anna Bolena, of which the Houston Chronicle wrote, “Camille Zamora digs deep into Anna Bolena with the richness of her colorful and unwaveringly powerful soprano instrument... a consummate actress whose ability to get inside her character is phenomenal.”
A champion of zarzuela, Camille has been cited by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and NBC Latino as a leading interpreter of classical Spanish vocal repertoire. A Kennedy Center Citizen Artist, Camille is a graduate of The Juilliard School, the Co-Founder of the arts non-profit Sing for Hope, and one of CNN ’s Most Intriguing People.
Patricio Touceda began his illustrious career in Tango and Argentinian folk dance at the age of ten years old, learning his professional skills from some of the most renowned Choreographers, Tango Maestros and Milongueros in the world.
The Seattle Times regarded Touceda’s latest performance with partner Sonya Tsekanovsky as “…the sexiest performance so far witnessed in Benaroya Hall.”
Symphonic Tango is among one of Toucedo’s favorite performance pieces within his extensive repertoire due to the grandeur and complexity of the original orchestral arrangements. Toucedo feels that the musicality and fullness of these pieces elevates the Tango to a place of passion, influencing the dance itself, and allowing him to move freely and openly.
Touceda’s reputation as an accomplished tango instructor has led him to travel the world teaching various workshops to students of all levels. Toucedo currently lives and teaches in the Seattle area, where he continuously strives to contribute and promote the growth and popularity of Argentine Tango, which he has done for the past 15 years.
Sonya Tsekanovsky began her Ballroom Dancing career at the age of five years old under the instruction of some of the greatest teachers in the world, including former National and World Champions. Tsekanovsky won her first national title at the age of twelve, followed quickly by two more championship titles, which included being named the United States Amateur Ten Dance Champion.
Tsekanovsky has been selected ten times to represent the United States at World Championship competitions held at various locations around the world including Romania, France, Austria, England, Latvia, China, and Russia. On her most recent trip to Paris, Tsekanovsky placed fourth at the World Championship competition as a Rising Star.
Aside from dancing, Tsekanovsky loves to teach and share the knowledge and experience she has from her years on the dance floor. Tsekanovsky believes that there is nothing more rewarding than helping a student reach their fullest potential. Her passion and talent as a dancer and instructor has led her to much success; one of her couples was named a United States Preteen Ballroom semifinalist after only one year of coaching by Tsekanovsky.