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Mena Conducts South American Epics


May 27, 2022

Program and Description


FRI MAY 27 at 7:30 pm | Music Hall

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ALBERTO GINASTERA: Suite from Panambí
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS: Chôros No. 10, Rasga o Coração ("Rend the Heart")
ANTONIO ESTÉVEZ: Cantata criolla: Florentino, el que cantó con el Diablo ("Creole Cantata: Florentino, who sang with the Devil")

Juanjo Mena, conductor
Santiago Ballerini, tenor
Gustavo Castillo, baritone
May Festival Chorus
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The romance of South America comes to life as Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena leads a program of South American epics. Ginastera’s playful ballet music depicts a magical nighttime story, while the rhythmic energies of Villa-Lobos’ Chôros recall the raw power of his native Brazil. Venezuelan composer Antonio Estévez’s Cantata Criolla—sometimes called South America’s Carmina Burana—stars tenor and baritone soloists as a poet and the devil, in a singing contest.

The performance of Cantata criolla: Florentino, el que cantó con el Diablo will be recorded and made available to view online after the 2022 May Festival season at a date to be determined.