The Mexican Odyssey

Thursday, November 6, 2008
The Harman Center for the Arts
Sydney Harman Hall
Washington, DC

Mexico’s explosive cultural saga — from stark Mayan ceremonies to the torrid revolutionary art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo — produced centuries of explosive music. This unique program, combining music, history, and visual art, includes the Aztec intensities captured by Carlos Chavez, the florid reverence of Mexican Baroque, and the shrill trumpets and booming tubas remembered by Silvestre Revueltas from his rural childhood.

re-hispanic culture — Xochipili by Carlos Chávez (with pre-Hispanic instruments)
Mexican Baroque — Choral works by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla
Romantic/Post-Romantic piano music by Ricardo Castro and Manuel Ponce
For solo guitar: Scherzino mexicano and Variations and Fugue on “La Folia” by Manuel Ponce
Nationalism: Three Pieces for solo guitar by Carlos Chavez; Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca by Silvestre Revueltas
High modernism: Three Secular Dances for cello and piano by Mario Lavista; Serenata* by Ana Lara
* East Coast premiere


Pedro Carboné, piano
Roberto Limón, guitar
Georgetown University Chamber Singers
Gregorio Luke, commentator
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor

Additional Mexican programing Nov. 1 at Georgetown University: “Defining Mexico” — an all-day conference followed by a choral concert by Georgetown University Chamber Singers at 6:00 pm in McNeir Hall (New North Building).

View / Download the program (PDF).

This program is made possible with support from the Mexican Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA), The National Endowment for the Arts, the Embassy of Mexico, and the Mexican Cultural Institute.
Additional support from:
The Americas Initiative, Georgetown University
Department of History, Georgetown University
Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University
Department of Performing Arts, Georgetown University

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