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Composer: Estévez, Antonio (1916-1988)

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Year of birth1916
Year of death1988
NationalityUnknown
Period20th century
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DijonLa noche de los Mayas

La noche de los Mayas
Moncayo, Estévez, Ginastera, Márquez, Revueltas, Piazzolla
Orchestre Dijon-Bourgogne; Gergely Madaras
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Programmatic can-do from the Simón Bolívar

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela © Nohely Oliveros
A criticism of El Sistema orchestras has been that they have only one setting: "beefy". The first half here provided evidence to the contrary.
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Gustavo Dudamel and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra rock the Bay Area

Gustavo Dudamel and members of SBSOV  ©  Peg Skorpinski
Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela completed a four-day residency at Cal Performances with two concerts that rocked, rolled, and astounded audiences in Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall.
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Sergio Tiempo plays Ginastera with the LA Phil and Dudamel

Sergio Tiempo  ©  Sussie Ahlburg
Adjectives that come to mind for your typical summer concert: fun, friendly, safe. Would any of those have fit last night’s Hollywood Bowl program? “Fun” absolutely works; maybe “friendly”. But “safe”? The centerpiece of the program – Alberto Ginastera’s wild Piano Concerto no. 1 – was anything but that. Try “daring”. Or even “dangerous”.
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