National Symphony Orchestra: Jesús López-Cobos, conductor: Fri. & Sat. - Juanita Lascarro, soprano (Colombia) & Javier Perianes, piano (Spain), Carminho, fadista (Portugal; Fri. only)
Thursday, March 05, 2015 - Saturday, March 07, 2015

Spain's Jesús López-Cobos conducts two programs celebrating composers from Spain and Brazil (Fri./Sat.) as well as Portuguese fado (Fri.).

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Jesús López-Cobos, one of Spain's most distinguished conductors, leads two programs as part of the Kennedy Center festival IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix.

THURSDAY ONLY - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Portuguese fado with Camané & Carminho

FRIDAY & SATURDAY:
Spain/Brazil/Colombia/Portugal
Masterworks by Villa-Lobos, Falla, and more
Juanita Lascarro (Colombia), Javier Perianes (Spain), Carminho (Portugal; Fri. only):


Led by Jesús López-Cobos, one of Spain's most distinguished conductors, the NSO presents a program celebrating four of his country's finest composers, along with a Brazilian composer who personifies the flow and remix of the arts across continents: Heitor Villa-Lobos, who is most renowned for his series of Bachianas Brasileiras. No. 5, featuring an ensemble of cellos and rising Colombian soprano Juanita Lascarro, is reminiscent of the guitar and singer combination characteristic of fado. Manuel de Falla is one of Spain's best-known composers, and his Nights in the Gardens of Spain--featuring pianist Javier Perianes, one of Spain's most exciting young performers--evokes the Hispano-Arabic past of his native Andalusia. Cristóbal Halffter's Tiento del primer tono y batalla imperial is based on two organ works by Spanish composers active in the 16th and 17th centuries. The NSO also performs Joaquín Turina's Danzas fantásticas--a celebration of the sounds of Aragon, the Basque region, and Andalusia. On Friday, Carminho--a household name in Portugal and consummate crossover artist, displaying a mastery of fado and other genres from folk to pop--performs several selections of fado, sometimes called the "soul music of Portugal," to round out the program. On Saturday, Albéniz's Iberia suite, which conjures the national sounds of the peninsula, completes the program.


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PROGRAM DETAILS
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THU., MAR. 5 AT 7 - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Jesús López-Cobos, conductor
Carminho, fadista*
Camané, fadista*
TURINA
Danzas fantásticas
ALBÉNIZ
Iberia (arr. Arbós)
VARIOUS
Fado from Portugal

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FRI., MAR. 6 AT 8 (change in programming)
Jesús López-Cobos, conductor
Juanita Lascarro, soprano*
Javier Perianes, piano*
Carminho, fadista*
C. HALFFTER  
Tiento del primer tono y batalla imperial 
FALLA
Noches en los jardines de España
VILLA-LOBOS
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
VARIOUS [replaces ALBÉNIZ: Iberia (arr. Arbós)]
Fado from Portugal (Meu amor marinheiro, Malva-rosa, Disse-te adeus, As pedras da minha rua, Bom dia amor, Escrevi teu nome no vento)
TURINA
Danzas fantásticas

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SAT., MAR. 7 AT 8
Jesús López-Cobos, conductor

Juanita Lascarro, soprano*
Javier Perianes, piano*
C. HALFFTER
Tiento del primer tono y batalla imperial
FALLA
Noches en los jardines de España
VILLA-LOBOS
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
ALBÉNIZ
Iberia (arr. Arbós)
TURINA
Danzas fantásticas

*NSO subscription debut

Program and Notes

Artists

  • Jésus López-Cobos - Conductor
  • Carminho - Singer (Thu. Only)
  • Camané - Singer (Thu. Only)
  • Juanita Lascarro - Soprano (Fri. & Sat. Only)
  • Javier Perianes - Piano (Fri. & Sat. Only)

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Close-Up with Carminho

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