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Angel Orensanz Foundation
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Perspectives Ensemble and Angel Orensanz Foundation Present:
Two masterworks by the great Spanish composer Manuel de Falla
El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician)
El Retablo de Maese Pedro (Master Peters Puppet Show)

Sato Moughalian, Artistic Director
Angel Gil-Ordòñez, Conductor

With Special Guest Artists from Spain:
Esperanza Fernandez, Flamenco Cantaora
Alfredo García, Baritone
Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano
Jorge Garza, Tenor
Kevork Mourad, Spontaneous Painter and Visual Artist

Running time: 85 minutes, no intermission.
Admission is free.

Sunday, August 26  7 p.m.
Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk St., New York, NY 10002

PLEASE NOTE: we are at capacity for the Brown Paper Tickets reservations. If you will not be able to use your reservation, kindly cancel it so that someone else can have the seat. Thank you and see you this evening!

Manuel de Falla's most iconic works--the Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo, Three-Cornered Hat, Nights in the Gardens of Spain--earned him renown as the greatest Spanish composer of the early 20th century. Yet, like other extraordinary nationalist composers of his era, part of his genius rested in assimilating diverse stylistic, folk, or literary influences and synthesizing a new musical language. Perspectives Ensemble presents two works that embody this principle, the composer's heartfelt representation of Roma culture in El Amor Brujo, and his settings of scenes from Miguel Cervantes' pioneering seventeenth-century novel, Don Quixote, which provide the literary framework for Falla's puppet-theater work, El Retablo de Maese Pedro.

Perspectives Ensemble presents the original 1915 version of El Amor Brujo, featuring Esperanza Fernandez of Seville, one of Spain's most celebrated flamenco cantaoras. Falla's setting, conceived as "a gitaneria in two acts," depicts the journey of Candela, as she seeks to free herself from the haunting of her jealous and vengeful lover, and merges elements of flamenco with shimmering string writing, bravura dances, and some of the composer's most famous melodies. In El Retablo de Maese Pedro, Falla integrates medieval and baroque sonorities with Stravinsky-like rhythms and harmonies, striking a delightful balance between old and new. Acclaimed Spanish baritone Alfredo García brings the role of Don Quixote to life, joined by the brilliant American singers, Jennifer Zetlan and Jorge Garza. Perspectives Ensemble welcomes visual artist Kevork Mourad, who has created an animated puppet theater and intersperses his spontaneous painting in real time.

Perspectives Ensemble:
Sato Moughalian, Artistic Director and flute; Angel Gil- Ordòñez, conductor; Cyrus Beroukhim, Adelya Nartadjieva, Robin Zeh, Ragga Petursdottir, violins; William Hakim, Junah Chung, violas; Wendy Sutter, Mariko Wyrick, cellos; Daniel Krekeler, bass; Kemp Jernick, Arthur Sato, oboes; Christa Robinson, English horn; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Monica Ellis, bassoon; Patrick Pridemore, Rachel Drehmann, horns; Thomas Hoyt, trumpet; Jeffrey Irving, John Hadfield, percussion; Stacey Shames, harp; Paolo Bordignon, harpsichord; Blair McMillen, piano.

With this concert, Perspectives Ensemble celebrates the lives of three dear friends: Danièle Doctorow, Winifred J. Harris, and Si Newhouse, Jr.

Perspectives Ensemble is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation in New York State and is deeply grateful for the generous support of the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation and the Danièle Doctorow Prize, the Hegardt Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., Hispanex Program Grant from the Spanish Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, Porcelanosa Corp., as well as substantial aid from our circle of individual donors and volunteers, all of whom make this performance possible. Perspectives Ensemble collaborates with the Roma Peoples Project at Columbia University's Center for Justice.


Angel Orensanz Foundation (View)
172 Norfolk Street
New York, NY 10002
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual
Music > Classical
Music > World

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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