Curated by LAO Artist in Residence Russell Thomas, and featuring OSJ Resident Company members, this recital includes songs by Modesta Bor (1926-1998), María Luisa Escobar (1903-1985), Chabuca Granda (1920-1983), María Grever (1885-1951), Ernestina Lecuona (1882-1951), Ángela Peralta (1845-1883), and Consuelo Velázquez (1916-2005). Four contemporary composers, Gabriela Lena Frank, Tania León, Mariela Rodríguez, and Irma Urteaga are also represented.
“The songs I’ve programmed celebrate an incredibly rich and diverse range of musical works created by Latinas over the past two centuries throughout the Americas,” said Thomas. “Their music will transport our audiences to Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba, and Peru, all while honoring the women who wrote each piece. It was fantastic to partner with our friends in Northern California, the incredible team at Opera San José, on this gorgeous new project. Their digital media studio was the perfect space to create this thrilling undertaking.”
The recital program was prepared with the assistance of Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center.
Produced and captured in Opera San José’s Heiman Digital Media Studio.