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Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
2017 Scene Change: Music of Latin America
with the Latin American Music Center
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30PM

Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408



Explore the uncharted musical language of Latin America with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and IU’s Latin American Music Center.


Includes the world premiere of Juan Orrego-Salas’s Ash Wednesday

On the Program:


O Garatuja – Alberto Nepomuceno (Brazil) - Prelude to an opera that was never finished, O Garatuja (“The Scribble”) tells the story of a young would-be political activist. Richard Strauss was a vocal supporter of Nepomuceno and his music, conducting a performance of this piece just before the composer’s death in 1920.


Bajo su Ventana – Guillermo Uribe Holguín (Colombia) - The joyous torbellino Colombian dance rhythm is very much in evidence for this short, sweet serenade “under her window.”


Ash Wednesday – Juan Orrego-Salas (Chile) - Dedicated to the composer’s family, this piece was inspired by a T.S. Eliot poem. Orrego-Salas is renowned for his distinctive, non-traditional musical style. Our performance of this exciting piece will be a world premiere.


Bachianas – Adolfo Mejía (Colombia) - An homage to both J.S. Bach and Heitor Villalobos, this short piece centers around a fugue and features the string section.

Introducción y Allegro Concertante – Juan Orrego-Salas (Chile) - Featuring four-handed piano, and extensive solo passages for strings, winds and percussion, this piece showcases virtuosic playing across a small chamber orchestra.


Retablos Sinfónicos – Celso Garrido-Lecca (Peru) - A three movement work based on Peruvian folk dances, Retablos Sinfónicos is an energetic, upbeat piece featuring plenty of exotic percussion and lush orchestration.


This is a reserved seating event. Youth 18 & under are free, but will need a ticket. The performance is expected to last until 9:20 and will include an intermission.

Ticket prices for adults and students will increase to $18 and $10 respectively the day of the show.