PROGRAM: Paul Desenne: Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra ? World Premiere
Leonard Bernstein: Overture to West Side Story (arr. Maurice Peress)
Mozart Camargo Guarnieri: ?Encatamento?
Astor Piazolla: ?Tangazo?
Silvestre Revueltas: ?Redes?
Thursday, June 8, at 8pm
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas
Edicson Ruiz, Double Bass
Alondra de la Parra, Conductor
The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas Give the World Premiere of Acclaimed Venezuelan Composer Paul Desenne's Concerto for Double Bass
THE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA OF THE AMERICAS GIVES ITS D?BUT PERFORMANCE AT ALICE TULLY HALL, LINCOLN CENTER ON JUNE 8 UNDER DYNAMIC YOUNG MEXICAN CONDUCTOR ALONDRA DE LA PARRA
THE EXCITING YOUNG ORCHESTRA WILL GIVE THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ACCLAIMED VENEZUELAN COMPOSER PAUL DESENNE?S CONCERTO FOR DOUBLE BASS
DESENNE?S CONCERTO WILL BE PERFORMED BY BASSIST EDICSON RUIZ ? THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC?S YOUNGEST MEMBER
WORKS BY ASTOR PIAZZOLA, LEONARD BERNSTEIN AND SILVESTRE REVUELTAS COMPLETE THE PROGRAM
New York ?The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas makes its much anticipated Lincoln Center d?but, led by the thrilling young Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra, on June 8 at Alice Tully Hall. Only 18 months ago, in November 2004, Ms. de la Parra led the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in its first concert, as part of the popular ?Mexico Now? festival at New York?s Town Hall. Alondra de la Parra's mission as founder of The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas is to champion the work of Central and South American composers and performers with every concert the orchestra gives.
During its d?but concert at Alice Tully Hall, Alondra de la Parra will lead the orchestra in the world premiere of Venezuelan composer Paul Desenne?s Concerto for Double Bass, introducing another of Venezuela's brightest musical stars: double bassist Edicson Ruiz ? the youngest member of the venerable Berlin Philharmonic. The program also includes Astor Piazolla?s Tangazo, the Overture to Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story and conductor Erich Kleiber?s Suite from Silvestre Revueltas's music for the film "Redes?.
Alondra de la Parra
Mexican conductor and pianist Alondra de la Parra recently became the first woman from Mexico to conduct in New York City. Now only 25, she moved to New York at 19 to study conducting with Vincent La Selva at the Juilliard School. Currently a student of Kenneth Kiesler, Ms. de la Parra has also studied with such conductors as Marin Alsop and Charles Dutoit.
Ms. de la Parra ? described by the Wall Street Journal as ?elegant, assured and lyrical,? ? is Founder and Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, which gave its d?but concert in New York?s Town Hall in November 2004. She is Principal Guest Conductor of the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and has assisted Maestro Vincent La Selva as backstage conductor of the New York Grand Opera during the company's acclaimed complete traversal of the Verdi operas. Ms. de la Parra made her professional orchestral d?but with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic at the famed Teatro Col?n in June 2004, and recently made her d?but in her native Mexico as guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. She has also conducted the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco, and will soon conduct the Orquesta Juvenil de Jalapa.
Alondra de la Parra is an active piano recitalist in both the U.S. and Mexico, and attended the Salzburg Mozarteum Sommerakademie. Ms. de la Parra has participated in piano master classes with Gyorgy Sandor, David Dubal and Peter Takacs. Hailed in the New York Sun as a conductor whose ?gestures speak louder than words,? Ms. de la Parra is rapidly establishing herself among the leading Latin American musical forces of her generation. She was awarded the Presser Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance under the direction of Jeffrey Cohen.
The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas was founded in 2004 on the initiative of its artistic director, Alondra de la Parra, who recently became the first woman from her native Mexico to conduct in New York City, and is the youngest woman to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. The POA gave its first concert in November, 2004 in New York City's renowned Town Hall, as part of the "Mexico Now" festival.
As a young Mexican piano student in New York, Ms. de la Parra had opportunities to work with gifted musicians from all over the world, but was disappointed to discover lack of presence of Latin-American symphonic repertoire here, as well as the disconnect between U.S. audiences and young Latin American artists. She developed the idea of founding an orchestra dedicated to promoting raw musical talent from South, Central and North America, especially those previously unknown to the U.S. public. The POA has commissioned new works by young Latin American composers, and gives young soloists the opportunity to perform with the orchestra.
The Venezuelan composer was born in Caracas in 1959, studied cello from his childhood, and began composing at 14. In 1976 he moved to Paris, where he studied cello and composition with such teachers as Marc-Olivier Dupin, Luc Ferrari and Solange Ancona. He also studied chamber music and music of the middle ages with William Christie. During a decade in Paris, he played with several South American groups and was exposed to music of different cultures ? Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia and the Caribbean. He adapted and arranged a great deal of popular music for the cello, in a variety of chamber formats. This firsthand contact with all sorts of popular Latin genres led to his first "serious" works ? chamber pieces for woodwinds, strings and cuatro (the Venezuelan four-stringed guitar). Some of these were recorded for Dorian by some of Desenne's chamber music pupils in Caracas in 1990. Many of his works have been played by U.S. soloists and ensembles.
Edicson Ruiz, who turns 21 only days before the POA's concert, grew up in his native Venezuela and began formal study of the contrabass at 10. He won first prize from the International Society of Bassists at 15, was accepted at the Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic at 16, and became a full member of that orchestra at 17, the youngest member in more than a century. Ruiz has been active as a soloist and chamber musician at most of the major international music festivals, including Salzburg, Lucerne, and the BBC Proms ? with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under BPO chief conductor Simon Rattle. Heinz Holliger, Arturo Pantalion and Efrain Osher are among the composers who have written works for him.
How the Desenne Concerto came to be
Alondra de la Parra met Paul Desenne after hearing some of his works played by friends. She says "I was stunned to hear something completely different that still sounded Latin American and contemporary, but that took ideas from our roots and painted them with the finest and most sophisticated brushes." She met Edicson Ruiz in Lucerne in 2004 and
"I was enchanted by his musicality and commitment to every single note. When Edicson plays it seems nothing more important is going on in the entire world. I decided to put these two magical characters together and they immediately agreed. The solo repertoire for this instrument is very limited ? actually nonexistent when it comes to Latin American composers ? even though the double bass is usually the foundation of every musical group. It is very seldom that a performer of Edicson's ability appears on the scene, and someone this great absolutely deserves to have a concerto from his own culture. I think Paul Desenne?s Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra will be an experience unlike any other!"
Concert details are below. For more information, please visit: www.poamericas.org