March 10, 2014
Music on the edge of shifting paradigms
The next three concerts will be held today, tomorrow and on Saturday at 8.30 at the CETC, Cerrito 628. The evening’s stars will be the Brazilian duo Vamos Estar Fazendo.
The two members of Vamos Estar Fazendo work on improvisation, going in different directions in a relaxed manner — from playful and experimental ideas to original sounds and textures. Their pieces sometimes sound like songs, and sometimes just like musical cells constantly repeated until they are delicately transformed into Estar Fazendo’s trademark music. Estar Fazendo’s recitals are not unlike jam sessions in which the process is more important than the results.
Tickets ($50) are on sale at the Colón’s box office.
BACH AT THE USINA. A very interesting Baroque music concert will be held next Sunday at 11.30am at the Usina del Arte performing arts centre in the southern BA district of Barracas.
The Proyecto Bach Buenos Aires, headed by Jorge Lavista, performs music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Sunday’s concert will feature three cantatas, both sacred and secular. The programme starts with the Actus tragicus (a short and emotive funeral cantata), followed by Non sa che sia dolore (a very sad cantata written as a farewell for Johann Matthias Gesner, full of typical musical images of sadness), and finally Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan (What God Does Is Well Done, a Church cantata with a message full of hope).
The Proyecto Bach Buenos Aires ensemble comprises five vocal soloists and an orchestra performing on original instrumens (violins, viols, flutes, an achlute and two early keyboards). Conductor Jorge Lavista is a prominent specialist in German Baroque music, mainly on Bach.
If you’ve never been to the Usina del Arte, Sunday’s show will be a double treat: this new arts centre is housed in a beautifully reconverted power station. The Proyecto Bach Buenos Aires concert is a perfect way to kick the week of. Spiritual nourishment for free!
HANDEL’S MESSIAH. With the Christmas season well under way, performers have started to rehearse music to be sung and played all over town.
One of the most attractive concerts will be held on Monday 15 at the Catedral de Buenos Aires across from Plaza de Mayo, where the Orfeón de Buenos Aires choir will perform. Featuring an outstanding quartet, the Orfeón will perform Handel’s Messiah under conductor Mario Videla’s baton.
Written in 1741 as an oratorio, the Messiah is not really a Christmas composition. It speaks about Jesus, not as a linear story, but as a meditation on his life and deeds told through a clever selection of biblical texts compiled by Charles Jennens. Messiah, of course, represents Jesus’ birth with angelic choir music, but this is a brief part of this long oratorio. The music is gorgeous, with immortal arias and choruses — is there anyone out there who hasn’t ever heard the timeless Hallelujah?.
The vocal soloists will be Soledad de la Rosa (soprano), Martín Oro (alt), Carlos Ullán (tenor) and Víctor Torres (bass): the Fab Four of Baroque music.
The Orfeón’s concert will be held on Monday 16 at 7pm at the Catedral de Buenos Aires. Repeat performance on Thursday 19 at 7.30 at the Catedral de La Plata. Both concerts are free of charge.