The opening concert of the Santa Maria Philharmonic 2019-20 Season, will celebrate the magic and beauty of the Spanish guitar with soloist Jack Cimo, while the irresistible rhythms of Mexican folk music will invigorate your spirit, and a French impression of Spanish life with gypsy flair will captivate your imagination.
One of the most popular guitar works of all times, Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez will transport you to the gardens of Aranjuez with its exuberant spirit, and haunting melodies. Rodrigo described the concerto as capturing "the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains" in the gardens of Aranjuez. Aaron Copland’s charming and imaginative El Salón México is inspired by the spirited dance tunes of Mexican night clubs. Written after he visited Mexico City in 1932, Copland blends folk melodies with irregular rhythmic meters which pull in multiple directions, for a complex and lively work. Gorges Bizet’s colorful and captivating Carmen Suite No. 2 reveals Bizet’s genius for creating atmosphere and painting with music, scenes of wild Spanish gypsy smuggler’s and the enchanting Carmen, luring the listener into her world of passion and intrigue.
Be sure to arrive early to attend our interesting preconcert lecture series at 6:50pm, and delve into the history of these beautiful pieces of music! The lecture is free with the purchase of a concert ticket.
To learn more about soloist Jack Cimo, please visit http://www.jackcimo.com/