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Latin American Music Seminar

Sat 1 November 2014, 10.15am
Chancellors Hall (First Floor)
Senate House, Malet Street
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS event but one we highly recommend!)

Well-established twice-annual seminar series with scholarly talks and live performance, featuring a diverse range of Latin American music. A key forum for research and discussion about Latin American Music in the UK. Welcomes anybody interested in Latin American music: scholars, students, musicians, members of the UK Latin American community, general public. 

10.45am Henry Stobart Royal Holloway, University of London

Feasting the Souls: All Saints Day (1st November) in the Bolivian Andes


Christine Dettmann

Hochschule für Musik und Theater München / University of Essex

Comparison Needed?! Transatlantic Research on Afro-Brazilian Capoeira


John Cowley

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Elsie Houston: a Life in Tragedy

1.00pm     (Lunch - Sandwiches provided)


Kariann Goldschmitt

University of Cambridge

BNegão and the Shifting Racial Politics of Brazilian Musical Representation on the World Stage


Hazel Marsh

University of East Anglia

Popular Music and Politics in Venezuela in the Chávez period: ‘New Song’ and 21st-Century Bolivarianism

3.45pm     Tea followed by live music: Tina Vinson (London College of Music) performs a selection of 20th century Latin American piano music

Supported by the Institute for Latin American Studies and the Institute of Musical Research

Web site
Tickets: Free event; £8.00 contribution towards lunch and refreshments. Please book your place using Eventbrite by 29th October


Rosenblatt Recital: Jorge de León & Belén Elvira

Thu 6 November 2014, 7.30pm
Wigmore Hall
36, Wigmore Street
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS concert, but one we highly recommend!)

‘The sheer vitality of his singing was irresistible: the sustained arching lines, ringing climaxes, shining verbal clarity, and a generous temperament undoubtedly place the Canarian artist at the forefront of the current crop of spinto tenors… Definitely a tenor to watch.’ Opera Britannia

Spanish tenor and mezzo-soprano duo, Jorge de León & Belén Elvira, present a programme of Spanish-language songs, zarzuelas and opera arias in a Rosenblatt Recital at Wigmore Hall. De León is one of Spain’s leading tenors, singing regularly at Madrid’s Teatro Real and La Scala in Italy, whilst Elvira is fast making a name for herself on the Spanish opera circuit.

Jorge de León tenor | Belén Elvira mezzo-soprano | Juan Antonio Alvarez Parejo piano

Alberto Ginastera El árbol del olvido
Carlos Guastavino Pampamapa | Ya me voy a retirar
Astor Piazzolla Los pájaros perdidos
Eduardo Sánchez de Fuentes Mírame así
Rodrigo Prats Soledad
Blas Sánchez Al pie de la Cruz del Roque
Braulio Antonio Garcia Tenerife
Pietro Mascagni ‘Bada, Santuzza, schiavo non sono’ from Cavalleria Rusticana
Giacomo Puccini ‘E lucevan le stelle’ from Tosca
Federico Moreno Torroba ‘Dichoso el que en su camino’ from Luisa Fernanda
Pablo Sorozábal ‘No puede ser’ from La tabernera del Puerto
Francesco Cilea ‘Acerba voluttà’ from Adriana Lecouvreur
Georges Bizet ‘Carmen, il est temps encore’ from Carmen

This event is part of the Rosenblatt Recitals series at Wigmore Hall

Web site
020 7935 2141
Tickets: £15, £20, £25, £30 | Half price tickets for ILAMS members: £20 reduced to £10


Spanish and Latin American Concert Series at the Cervantes: CD Launch & Concert: 'Secretos quiero descubrir'

Tue 18 November 2014, 7.30pm
Instituto Cervantes
102, Eaton Square
United Kingdom

‘The technical mastery which, despite her youth, Elena Jáuregui has achieved is suprising, but less so than her maturity as a performer’. Artes Hoy

The Spanish violin-guitar Roncesvalles Duo (Elena and Francisco Javier Jáuregui) are joined by award-winning Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gúdrun Ólafsdóttir to launch their new CD Secretos quiero descubrir. From the heritage of the Sephardic communities, passed down from generation to generation since medieval times, to songs by Lorca and the folk Basque tradition, to the UK premiere of new Spanish music, this colourful evening will draw you into the depths of the Spanish soul.

Join us after the concert for a complimentary wine reception.

Francisco Javier Jáuregui Canciones sefardíes | Three Basque Folk Songs
Federico García Lorca Canciones españolas antiguas
Eduardo Morales Caso Homenajes for Voice and Guitar
Agustín Castilla-Ávila Duerme Tesoro (UK premiere)                  
David del Puerto Prólogo’ (UK premiere)
John Barber ‘Navarra Lullaby’

Click HERE to listen to an audio clip.

This event is part of the Spanish and Latin American Concert Series at the Cervantes organised by ILAMS in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes.

Web site
020 7235 0353
Tickets: £12 on door | £10 in advance (Members of ILAMS / IC 50% off all tickets). Ticket includes complimentary wine reception.


Cuban Classics: 'A Night In Havana'

Tue 2 December 2014, 7.45pm
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere Road
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS concert, but one we highly recommend!)

‘A confident and powerful voice - a delight to enjoy.’ Edinburgh Guide

The music of Southern Spain provides the starting point for Latin Rediscovery's ‘Cuban Classics’. Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal, prize-winner at the Panama International Piano Competition 2014, makes his Southbank debut alongside opera singer Ann Liebeck and their special guest Cuban jazz/classical violin virtuoso Omar Puente. The musical journey reveals the classical, folk and African-Caribbean influences within the classical tradition of twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American music.

Enrique Granados El majo discreto | El majo tímido | La maja dolorosa (Ay mayo de mi vida!)
Joaquin Rodrigo Cuatro madrigales amatorios
Ernesto Lecuona Córdoba | Gitanerias | Malagueña | La comparsa | Y la negra bailaba | En tres por cuatro | Mi vida eres tú | Canción del amor triste | La Señora Luna | María la O
Manuel de Falla Siete canciones populares españolas
Alberto Ginastera Cinco canciones populares argentinas, Op. 10
Heitor Villa-Lobos Floresta do Amazonas
Guido López-Gavilán Un recuerdo (Congo in E minor) (London premiere)
José White La bella cubana
Omar Puente Danzón Gloria (London premiere)

Click HERE to listen to an audio clip

Web site
08448 750073
Tickets: £16 | £12 | Concessions 50% off (limited availability)


Latin Americana

Fri 19 December 2014, 1.10pm
St James's Church
197, Piccadilly
United Kingdom

'An eloquent soprano.' New York Times

Californian soprano Christin Wismann explores the hemispherical connections in the classical music of the Americas with a vibrant programme of art songs from both sides of the border.

George Gershwin ‘Summertime’ from Porgy and Bess | The Man I Love
Astor Piazzolla Oblivion
Leonard Bernstein ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story
Dominic Argento ‘Sleep’ from Six Elizabethan Songs
Heitor Villa-Lobos ‘Aria’ from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5‘Food for Thought’ from Magdalena
William Bolcom ‘Amor’ from Cabaret Songs
Ernesto Lecuona Always in my Heart

Click HERE to listen to sound samples

Web site
020 7734 4511
Tickets: Admission free (retiring collection); no booking required




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