Flauta Andina: 20th Century Andean Music for Flute and Piano – Daniel Velasco, Ellen Sommer

August 12, 2022, 9:00 am

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The rich variety of colors and rhythms in South American culture and music are an essential feature of this program, which focuses largely on music by composers from the Ecuadorian Andes. Opening with Sixto María Durán’s popular and crowd-pleasing Leyenda incásica, the theme of Ecuadorian dances continues in Jacinto Freire’s Suite, which also celebrates the flight of the condor. Virtuosity, evocations of landscape, and expressive traditional songs can all be found here, concluding with Mexican composer Samuel Zyman’s internationally acclaimed Flute Sonata No. 1, which ranges from lyrical introspection to intensely contrapuntal dialogue.