What: MÚSICA COLOMBIANA with special guest The Mulati Ensemble
Where and when:
Saturday, Feb. 13, 7:30PM
First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Sunday, Feb. 28, 3PM
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, Illinois 60602
Cost: Free and open to the public
About the program:
The program features compositions and folk song arrangements by Colombian composers, including the song “A Mother to Her Son” by early-20th century composer Eustasio Rosales, which was recently unearthed by The Mulati Ensemble in the composer’s great-grandson’s basement. Rosales came to Chicago from Colombia and is thought to be Chicago’s first Hispanic composer. While in his lifetime his music was performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, after his death, his non-musical heirs put his music in storage, where it has remained until 2015, when Rosales’ opera was given its posthumous world premiere. In addition to other works by early 20th century composer Luis Calvo, the program will feature world premiere performances of works by contemporary Colombian composers Andrés Posada, Juan David Osorio, and Jose Revelo. The program will also feature world premiere performances of folk song arrangements by Diego Alejandro Osorio, Graham Walker, and Juan David Osorio, which will highlight the richness of Colombia’s regional folk music and dance traditions.
Presented by: Crossing Borders Music:
Founded in 2011, Crossing Borders Music has become the leading interpreter of chamber music from Haiti and Uganda, and a pioneering, critically acclaimed presenter of music by graduates of the Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education in Iran. Crossing Borders Music uses music to promote the dignity of people from all cultures. To this end, Crossing Borders Music presents moving music that tells compelling stories by composers from under-represented cultures – musicthat invites audiences to learn more and get involved.
About The Mulati Ensemble:
The Mulati Ensemble explores the rich musical heritage of Latin American music while commissioning and premiering new music with folkloric influences. Mulati also makes original arrangements of Latin American folk songs, and enjoys presenting a rich and neglected folk and classical repertoire to the Chicago area.