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Lontano: Fifth London Festival of American Music

7 November 2014 - 14 November 2014 Various venues
United Kingdom

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

Lontano’s Biennial Festival explores and celebrates the work of major American composers and reflects the diversity of style that is so characteristic of contemporary American music. The festival is curated by Lontano’s Music Director Odaline de la Martínez, one of Britain’s most dynamic and gifted musicians and the first woman to conduct a complete BBC Prom at the Royal Festival Hall. The Festival includes several works with Latin connections: the UK premiere of a semi-staged performance of 'The Crossing', Part II of de la Martinez’s Afro-Cuban Slavery Opera Trilogy, as well as works by Gottschalk and Puerto Rican composer, Armando Bayolo. Featured before each evening performance will be Meet the Composer / Meet the Artist — a chance for audiences to learn more about the pieces and hear what the composers and performers have to say.

7th Nov, St Paul's Actors' Church: 'Opera & More'
10th Nov, St James Studio: Clélia Iruzun & Jenna Sherry
11th Nov, St James Studio: Bernard Rands 80th Birthday Concert
12th Nov, St James Studio: Jonathan Chan
12th Nov, St James Studio: 'Boston's Beats'
13th Nov,  St James Studio: Trio Appasionata
14th Nov, St James Studio: 'American Originals'
Click HERE to listen to a podcast.

Web site
0844 264 2140
Tickets: £10-£18


Casa Margarita: 'House of Love'

Mon 17 November 2014, 7.30pm
Tristan Bates Theatre
1a Tower Street, Covent Garden
United Kingdom

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

Beautiful cameos of songs, stories and music pour out of a fascinating old house in Seville. Feast your ears and imaginations with this original presentation of the music of legendary Spanish composers Granados, de Falla et al. Sparkling, vibrant and witty, this show is endorsed by the legendary Teresa Berganza, written by scriptwriter Nicola Harrison, and presented by acclaimed ensemble Casa Margarita. Tapas available with this show - call 0773 3448279 for details.

Joaquín Turina Poema en forma de canciones
Joaquín Rodrigo 12 Canciones espanolas | Con Antonio Machado | Tres canciones españolas 
Fernando Obradors Canciones clásicas espanolas
Pablo de Sarasate Spanish Dance
Manuel de Falla Seis canciones populares españolas
Enrique Granados Danzas españolas | 11 Tonadillas | Goyescas 
Ernesto Lecuona Andalucía
Federico García Lorca Canciones populares españolas
Astor Piazzolla Milonga
Jésus Guridi Seis canciones castellanas
Federico Moreno Torroba Castillos de España

Image by Henry Nerula 

Web site
020 7240 6283
Tickets: £14 | £11 | £12 ILAMS members


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.


Music from Renaissance Spain and England

Wed 19 November 2014, 6.00pm
St Giles, Cripplegate
Fore Street, Barbican
United Kingdom

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

Peter Phillips conducts the BBC Singers in a programme of English and Spanish Renaissance polyphony inspired by the Blessed Virgin Mary. Victoria’s Salve Regina incorporates the original and haunting chant melody echoed in Guerrero’s exquisite Ave virgo sanctissima, while Tallis’s large-scale work straddles the late medieval and Renaissance in musical style. This concert is a prelude to the UK premiere of Brett Dean’s The Annunciation at Barbican Hall.

BBC Singers | Peter Phillips conductor

Thomas Tallis Gaude gloriosa Dei mater
Robert Parsons Ave Maria
Francisco Guererro Ave virgo sanctissima
Tomás Luis de Victoria Salve regina

Part of the Singers at Six series at the Barbican

Web site
0845 120 7500
Tickets: £10


Songs of the Americas

Fri 28 November 2014, 1.10pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
United Kingdom

An award-winning American soprano and Juilliard graduate makes a rare London appearance presenting an innovative take on the vocal music of the Americas.

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 (Cantilena)’ from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5‘Food for Thought’ from Magdalena
William Bolcom ‘Amor’ from Cabaret Songs
Ernesto Lecuona Always in my Heart

This is an ILAMS concert organised in collaboration with St Martin-in-the-Fields

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


Laura Snowden

Sun 30 November 2014, 11.00am
Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
United Kingdom

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

'An exceptional range of colour and sonority.’ Classical Guitar Magazine

Laura Snowden is a winner of numerous national and international awards. Following studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, she went on to the Royal College of Music, winning the Guitar Prize in her first year. She is now a Postgraduate RCM Scholar, supported by a McFadzean Whyte Award, a Jacqueline Ward Award, a Countess of Munster Trust Award and a Julian Bream Trust Award. Laura has performed as a soloist at venues including Kings Place, the Cadogan Hall, the Wigmore Hall and the Sage Gateshead. In March 2014 she won First Prize at the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, and has recently been selected for the Tillett Trust, St John’s Smith Square and International Guitar Foundation’s Young Artists Programmes. Laura also leads a thriving compositional career, and performs and writes for folk ensemble Tir Eolas.

Johann Kaspar Mertz Bardenklänge Op. 13
Federico Mompou Suite Compostelana
Isaac Albéniz Asturias
Lennox Berkeley Sonatina Op. 52, No. 1

Part of Classical Coffee Mornings at the Royal Albert Hall

Web site
0845 401 5045
Tickets: Tickets include a hot drink and a pastry


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)


Tessitori: Debut Album Launch Recital

Sat 6 December 2014, 7.30pm
St Peterís Church, Belsize Park
Belsize Square, Belsize Park
United Kingdom

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

'It’s clear that we’re dealing with two highly able players whose policy of allowing the music and the audience to breathe freely is carried out with conviction.' Classical Guitar Magazine

In their debut album launch recital, Tessitori present works by Vivaldi and Schubert from their critically-acclaimed album; a new arrangement of the beautiful Cantos de España by Albéniz and the world premiere of a work by João Loureiro. Tessitori is a viola and classical guitar duo formed by award-winning musicians who met while studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Captivated by the singular quality of this combination of instruments they started to look for music that could be arranged for this ensemble, aimed at presenting a different perspective on the works of the great composers.

Antonio Vivaldi Sonata RV10
Franz Schubert Sonata in A minor ‘Arpeggione’ D821
Isaac Albéniz Cantos de España Op. 232
João Loureiro Surrender (world première)

Web site
07731 934431 | 07804 689869
Tickets: £10 | £8 Under 16s | £8 ILAMS members




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