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April 13, 2005
Lincoln Center Receives Lalo's Letters from Argentina
World premiere of Schifrin's chamber music features all-star ensemble
Lalo Schifrin's latest concert work will be unveiled next week in a
performance by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1932, Schifrin has enjoyed a long career as a composer, conductor, and pianist. Following his schooling in his native Argentina and at the Paris Conservatoire, he began a career in jazz performance and composition that continues to this day. Over the years, his style broadened considerably, especially after he established himself in the United States in 1958, and today it is recognized as embracing not only jazz, but also "classical" concert works that synthesize a variety of traditional and modernist techniques.
Schifrin has composed more than a hundred scores for film and television – Mission Impossible, Cool Hand Luke, and Dirty Harry, among them – and has received four Grammy awards. In addition to Letters from Argentina, recent commissions include Fantasy for Screenplay and Orchestra, for Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony, and Triple Concerto for Clarinet, Viola, Piano, and Orchestra, composed for the Halcyon Trio and premiered with the New Jersey Symphony.
Joining CMS Artist Members clarinetist David Shifrin and violinist Cho-Liang Lin on this program are guest artists Pablo Aslan, Nestor Marconi, and Satoshi Takeishi.
Argentinean born bassist Pablo Aslan is recognized as one of the leading figures in the tango revival. He directs Avantango, a tango-jazz ensemble featuring New York based Argentinean musicians and dancers. He has performed and recorded with Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Shakira, and the New World Symphony, among many others.
Nestor Marconi is considered one of the leading bandoneón players in the world. Early in his career, he worked with such artists as Horacio Salgan, Astor Piazzola, and Hector Stamponi. In the 1990s, he became established on the international classical music circuit, performing bandoneón and orchestra works as a soloist, and in 1997 toured with Yo-Yo Ma and Friends.
Drummer Satoshi Takeishi was born in Mito, Japan in 1962, and came to the U.S. in 1981 to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He later studied Latin American music in Columbia, a period which proved fruitful, leading to performances and recordings with many leading Latin musicians, including flutist Nestor Torres, and the Elaine Elias Trio.
Tickets are $48, $39.50, and $27.50, available at the box office (Student Rush $10) or by calling 212.875.5788 and on-line at http://www.chambermusicsociety.org.
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