Event Description

Sunday, October 14, 2018,  at 4:00 pm The Lensic Join us on a journey from the rhythms of Spain to the melodies of Argentina with a brilliant program featuring one of the most famous works of Spanish prodigy Gerónimo Giménez, La Boda De Luis AlonsoAlberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes, de Falla’s “The Three-Cornered Hat,” and the New Mexico premiere of Mariano Morales’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra featuring Latin GRAMMY® Award-winner Nestor Torres. This collaborative work—brought to life by three Puerto Rican artists: Mariano Morales, Nestor Torres, and Guillermo Figueroa—showcases the flute in a mixture of Western European music traditions. It is a tribute to the people of Puerto Rico who, although devastated by Hurricane María, are resilient and hopeful. Musical devices, such as the song of the Coquí (autochthonous small toad) and the use of the Bomba rhythm, serve as reminders of the sense of Puerto Rican pride on the island and abroad. Program: GERÓNIMO GIMÉNEZ   La Boda De Luis Alonso GINASTERA Variaciones concertantes, op. 23 Intermission MARIANO MORALES Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, a New Mexico premiere Nestor Torres, Flute DE FALLA El sombrero de tres picos (“The Three Cornered Hat”) Suite No. 2 Maestro Guillermo Figueroa discussing the performance!
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Concert Notes

La Boda De Luis Alonso
Born October 10, 1854, Seville
Died February 19, 1923, Madrid

By the age of 12, Gerónimo Giménez was already playing in the first violin section of the Teatro Principal orchestra in his native Cadiz. A genuine prodigy, he became the director of an opera company five years later. In 1874, he enrolled at the Paris Conservatory, where he studied violin and composition. He traveled to Italy after graduation but soon returned to Spain, where he settled in Madrid. In 1885 he became director of the Teatro Apolo de Madrid and later the Teatro de la Zarzuela.

Variaciones concertantes, Opus 23
Born April 11, 1916, Buenos Aires
Died June 25, 1983, Geneva

A set of variations on a theme is one of the oldest of musical structures, and it has taken many forms across the last several centuries. As the twentieth century approached, composers became even more imaginative in their approach to variation form. Richard Strauss combined two different forms–the theme-and-variations and the cello concerto–to create his tone poem Don Quixote. In the Enigma Variations, Sir Edward Elgar fashioned each of the fourteen variations as a brief portrait of one of the people in his circle. In 1940 Paul Hindemith composed a set of variations for piano and orchestra that he called The Four Temperaments: each of the its four movements depicts one of the human temperaments.

Concerto for Flute, a New Mexico premiere
Born April 30, 1960, Puerto Rico

We are excited to present the New Mexico premiere of this piece by Puerto Rican composer/arranger/music director and instrumentalist, Dr. Mariano Morales. Commissioned by our very own Guillermo Figueroa along with the Lynn Conservatory, the concerto is one movement comprising of three sections. Bringing in influences from both Jazz and Latin American style brought to life by the aptly-matched flute of Nestor Torres, the piece starts off with a tonal, lively rhythm, with the flute at many points being matched by such supporting sonorities as marimba and tremolando strings, and progresses through a slow middle movement to a grand finale infused with the Puerto Rican dance rhythm of bomba sicà.

El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat), Suite No. 2
Born November 23, 1876, Cádiz, Spain
Died November 14, 1946, Córdoba, Argentina

In 1916-17, Spanish composer Manuel de Falla composed a pantomime titled El corregidor y la molinara—“The Magistrate (or governor or mayor) and the Miller’s Wife”—and this was produced in Madrid in 1917. It attracted the attention of the impresario Serge Diaghilev, who suggested to the composer that it might work better as a ballet, and the two of them planned a revision that would incorporate more Spanish material. The result was the ballet El sombrero des tres picos (“The Three-Cornered Hat”), composed in 1918-19 and first produced in London on July 22, 1919. That first performance was the result of a spectacular collaboration: Diaghilev oversaw the production, Leonid Massine designed the choreography and danced the part of the miller, while Tamara Karsavina danced the part of his wife; Pablo Picasso painted the decor, and Ernst Ansermet conducted the orchestra. It was a great success then, and it has remained one of Falla’s most popular works.




& Musicians

Principal Conductor

Guillermo Figueroa


Nestor Torres