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Conferences, Symposia, & Series: 2017

Festival: The Granados Project - Canto de las Estrellas


The LAII proudly partners with the UNM Department of Music and the UNM Department of Spanish and Portugeuse in The Granados Project, a 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Life and Music of Enrique Granados (1867-1916), one of Spain's most significant and influential composers of the modern period. This five-day festival will include: a collaborative lecture between a Granados scholar-performer and a Spanish literature scholar; academic talks by two noted Granados scholar-performers; a lecture by the Granados scholar for the monthly musicology colloquium for the Department of Music; a collaborative lecture between the Granados scholar and a leading astrophysicist; and to conclude, a concert featuring Granados' long-lost masterpiece Canto de las estrellas (Song of the Stars) which features three choirs (UNM women's choir Las Cantantes; Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico; and the Choir from the Cathedral of St. John), the Cathedral assistant organist, and an internationally renowned performer.

The events included in this festival are both free and ticketed. For more information, please see the program guide or complete festival website.

Monday, March 20, 2017 | 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Keller Hall, UNM Campus in the Center for Performing Arts - FREE

This lecture-recital combines the expertise of concert pianist Douglas Riva and Spanish literary scholar Susan Rivera. Professor Rivera's talk will set the stage for the week's events, elucidating the most important historical and cultural aspects of Spain during Enrique Granado's lifetime. International concert pianist Douglas Riva will perform extracts from Canto de las Estrellas by Enrique Granados, as well as works by Fallas, Mompou, Albéniz and Granados.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 10:00 a.m.
Piano Werks, 4640 Menaul Blvd NE - FREE

International concert pianist Douglas Riva presents a 1-hour, Spanish music lecture-recital on the music of FAlla, Mompou, Albéniz and Granados for the Albuquerque Piano Teachers Association

Thursday, March 23, 2017 |2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Waters Room, Zimmerman Library, UNM Campus - FREE

Professor Walter Aaron Clark will offer a lecture as part of the UNM Department of Music's Colloquium Series, discussing "Spain the 'Eternal Maja': Goya, Majismo, and the Reinvention of Spanish National Identity in Granados' Goyescas."

Friday, March 24, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Professor Walter Aaron Clark will discuss "Music in the Time of Goya, and Goya in the Time of Enrique Granados" for OASIS Albuquerque.

Friday, March 24, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.
The Cathedral of St. John - TICKETED

In a joint presentation, Professor Walter Aaron Clark and Professor Patricia Henning will discuss the music of Granados and how the masterpiece, Canto de las Estrellas (Song of the Stars) might relate to the myriad twinkling lights we see each and every night in our vast New Mexican skies.

Friday, March 24, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
The Cathedral of St. John - TICKETED

A concert featuring concert pianist Douglas Riva; Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico; Las Cantantes-UNM Women's Choir; The Choir of the Cathedral of St. John: conductor Maxine Thévenot. A 70 minute concert of the works of Enrique Granados will take place in the beautiful sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. John. The concert will include major piano works, works for violin and piano, two works by New MExican composer John D. Robb, and will feature Granados' masterpiece, Cantos de las Estrellas, scored for 3 choirs, organ and piano.