VC Symphony Orchestra 5/12
Contact: Robert Lawson, Department Chair of Music, Ventura College, Tel. 805-289-6020, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arturo Marquez's Danzon No. 2 . This electrifying piece has been called Mexico’s “second national anthem.” It is a lively piece interspersed with periods of virtuosic lyricism. The music changes frequently, all without losing its underlying tango rhythm. It’s a work designed to showcase an individual (solos for violin, flute, trumpet), a section (the percussion section is especially active).
Carlos Chavez, often described as Mexico’s Aaron Copland, his music shows a strong connection to the indigenous and folk music of Mexico. Chavez wrote in his program notes about his Sinfonia India, Symphony No 2, “The great expressive strength of indigenous art is rooted in its intrinsic variety.” Listening to the piece is like taking a tour from city to city, each with its own sound world.
Carlos Gonzales is Ventura County’s musical jewel, Professor of Music at both Ventura College and Oxnard College. Teaching since 1981, he is the founder of Ventura County Classical Guitar Society. The guitar society has grown from a small group of students to hundreds of guitar aficionados, aspiring musicians, and professional performers.
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