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Yearlong Celebration of Latin American Music Slated at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY—The Ithaca College Latin American Music Festival – a new yearlong initiative by School of Music faculty member Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann – will  feature lectures, concerts and master classes by and about some of Latin America’s leading contemporary composers and performers. All events are free and open to the public.

A native of Peru, Grossmann teaches music composition and serves as director of the Latin American composers’ collective áltaVoz. He created the festival to raise awareness for Latin American music in the academic community and the community at large. The concerts will provide a varied repertoire of Latin American music spanning more than 100 years, with a special emphasis on works completed in the last decade. Lectures and master classes will approach topics beyond music such as questions of identity, ethnicity and cultural background.

“Latin America is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities,” said Grossmann. “This makes for an extremely rich confluence of musical elements and styles that I feel the community, both academic and at large, needs to become familiar with.”

In conjunction with the festival, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon will jointly serve as this year’s Karel Husa Visiting Professors of Composition.

The events listed below are among some of the highlights of the fall portion of the Latin American Music Festival:

Friday, Oct. 4
7 p.m., Iger Lecture Hall, Whalen Center
Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez will discuss his recent music during the first Karel Visiting Professor of Composition lecture. Winner of the 2007 Barlow Prize and the Mozart Medal from the governments of Mexico and Austria, Sanchez-Gutierrez serves as a professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music.

Saturday, Oct. 5
8:15 p.m., Ford Hall, Whalen Center
The first concert of the Latin American Music Festival, performed by the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra , will feature Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez’s captivating “Girando, Danzando” (Spinning, Dancing”). Conducted by Jonathan Pasternack, the performance will also include works by Shostakovich and Jolivet.

Tuesday, Oct. 8
7 p.m., Iger Lecture Hall, Whalen Center
Grossmann will give a lecture that follows the path of Latin American composers who emigrated from their homeland and the effects living in a foreign country has had on their works. Titled “Latin American Composers of the Diaspora,” the discussion will focus on the music of composers from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.

Thursday, Oct. 31
8:15 p.m., Hockett Family Recital Hall, Whalen Center
Pianist Nancy Roldán – a native of Argentina – will give a lecture and recital titled “Ancestry, Evolution and Transformation in the Music of Latin America,” during which she will perform and discuss pieces by major Argentine, Venezuelan and Peruvian composers.

Tuesday, Nov. 19
8:15 p.m., Hockett Family Recital Hall, Whalen Center
The Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble’s first concert of the season will present two works by Mexican-American composer and Karel Husa Visiting Professor of Composition Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, in addition to a guitar work by Brazilian composer Marlos Nobre and vocal pieces by Kaija Saariaho.

A full listing of the Latin American Music Festival events can be viewed at

For more information contact Jenny Stockdale, marketing communications manager in the School of Music, at (607) 274-3256 or