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 Alberto 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.



Variaciones concertantes, op. 23


Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, a New Mexico premiere
Nestor Torres, Flute


El sombrero de tres picos (“The Three Cornered Hat”) Suite No. 2

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Concert Notes

Overture to Los Esclavos Felices (“The Happy Slaves”)
Born: January 27, 1806, Bilbao, Spain
Died: January 17, 1826, Paris, France

Born in Bilbao, Spain, Juan Crisóstomo Jacobo Antonio de Arriaga y Balzola was nicknamed the “Spanish Mozart,” because, like Mozart, he was a child prodigy who died tragically young. Arriaga studied violin, counterpoint, and harmony at the Paris Conservatory. A very talented composer known for his undeniable gifts of freshness and grace, Arriaga was so precocious that he was asked to be a teaching assistant during his short tenure at the Conservatory.

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

Alberto Ginastera composed this work, commissioned by the Argentine Friends of Music, in 1953. Igor Markevitch conducted the first performance on June 2nd of that year, in Buenos Aires. It is scored for two flutes, piccolo, oboe, two clarinets, bassoon; two horns, trumpet, trombone; timpani; harp; and string choir. Variaciones concertantes germinated for five years before Ginastera formally composed it during the second of four creative periods in his life. Variaciones concertantes and Pampeana No. 3 (for small and large orchestras, respectively) typify the second period (1948-1961), which also hatched the First Piano Sonata and the First String Quartet, culminating in Cantata para América mágica.

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

During World War I, Manuel de Falla—one of Spain’s most important musicians of the first half of the 20th century —wrote a pantomime ballet in two scenes and called it El corregidor y la molinera (The Magistrate and the Miller’s Wife). The work was scored for a small chamber orchestra and was performed in 1917. Sergei Diaghilev—a Russian art critic, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes, having seen the premiere of El corregidor y la molinera, commissioned Falla to rewrite it. The outcome was a two-act ballet scored for large orchestra called El sombrero de tres picos. Brilliantly scored, the music of the performance is directly based on traditional Andalusian folk music with Suite No.2, being the most famous of the two Suites.





& Musicians

Principal Conductor

Guillermo Figueroa


Nestor Torres