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“Emma Garmendia: Vida, Amor y Música” (Emma Garmendia: Life, Love and Music)
by Claudia Guzmán, Press and Publications, Buenos Aires Mozarteum
Remarks by Dr. Andrés Máspero (alumnus and Chorus Director of the Teatro Real Opera House in Madrid, Spain), and Dr. Cristina Zamani (alumnus and Music Therapist)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Orquesta Jovem das Gerais. The Youth Orchestra of Contagem is an NGO that provides free classes for string and wind instruments, music theory and English for more than 250 children and adolescents from socially vulnerable communities in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte.
This year, for the first time, the Orchestra perforiming on American soil. September 21 st, 2013



DMA student Benjamin Redwine presented a Chamber Clarinet Recital on Tuesday September 18th,
Mr. Redwine performed works by Villa-Lobos, Chavez and Piazzolla.
Ward Recital Hall, CUA, Washington DC.


School of Music Partners with Mexican Cultural Institute

On January 29, the Rome School of Music presented a lecture and concert of the Music of Carlos Chávez at the Mexican Cultural Institute here in Washington, D.C. The lecture, presented by Assistant Clinical Professor Christina Taylor Gibson, Ph.D., was titled "Chávez and Modernism." After the lecture, the School of Music presented a concert featuring students, faculty, and staff for an hour of art song and chamber music.

This concert was given in honor of Dr. Robert L. Parker, distinguished scholar of Mexican music. 



  • From Iberia to the New World
    Vocal and keyboard music of Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and Spain
    Featuring Rosemarie Ruiz Houghton, Ana Castrello, Alexander Wolniak, and Carlos Rodriguez
  • Informative Session on Activities and Resources of LAMC
    April 12, 2011
  • An Evening of Spanish and Latin American Music

    Featuring Jose Ramos Santana, Richard Miller, Jessica Bachicha, Ana Castrello, Eric Gramatges, and Rosemarie Ruiz Houghton

    Ward Hall


  • Composer of 'Besame Mucho' Dies at 84 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    January 24, 2005
    Filed at 8:04 p.m. ET

    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Consuelo Velazquez, whose song ``Besame Mucho'' became a standard in many languages and styles of music, has died. She was 84. Velazquez died Saturday of complications from a fall she suffered in October, her son Mariano Rivera said. A native of Ciudad Guzman in central Mexico, she began playing piano when she was 4 years old and went on to study at the National Conservatory.

    While overseeing classical music programs for the pioneering radio station XEQ, she began writing popular tunes. The first to become famous was ``Besame Mucho,'' which became a Big Band hit during World War II and was later recorded by hundreds of artists, including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Wes Montgomery and Placido Domingo.

    On Sunday, hundreds of fellow artists filed past her coffin during a special tribute at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts, where she studied music in 1938. Mexican television and radio stations devoted hours of coverage to her music and to interviews with artists mourning her passing. ``She was an extraordinary composer linked to an intimate and public fabric that was not only Mexican but also Latin American and in good measure, Spanish,'' said Mexican writer Carlos Monsivais. Her remains were cremated Sunday and were to be interred Monday.


  • CAMARGO GUARNIERI, BRAZILIAN COMPOSER - A Study of His Creative Life and Works.


    A CD of his music included in the book. Indiana U. Press, 2005. 285 pages. $60.
    This new English edition is shorter and has a more concise discussion of Guarnieri's compositions than is included in the 2001 edition in Portuguese by the University of Sao Paulo A new section on his musical style has been added. The book is available through e-mail Indiana University Press, 601 N. Morton St., Bloomington, IN 47404-3797 USA.

    Auditions for the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia

    A través de Marisela González he sabido del Latin American Music Center que usted dirige. Y por sugerencia de ella, le escribo para contarle que la Asociación Nacional de Música Sinfónica y la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia tienen audiciones para los puestos de planta de violín, viola y cello tutti además de arpa. La información se encuentra en la pagina de la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional

    Un saludo cordial

    Sandra Meluk
    Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia


  • SECOND INTERNATIONAL MUSICOLOGY CONFERENCE: The "Carlos Vega" National Institute of Musicology invited students and scholars to participate in the Second International Musicology Conference, which took place in Buenos Aires in the Borges room of the National Library (Omen 2502), from June 26th to the 29th, 2003.
  • Musicology scholarship sponsored by the Carolina Foundation sponsored by the Carolina Foundation to participate in the course of musicology for the protection and diffusion of the Latin American Artistic Patrimony.
  • Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music (IX SBCM): Music as Emergent Behavior
  • The Ninth Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music was held in Campinas, at the University of Campinas - UNICAMP, from 06 August to 08 August, 2003.

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Standing, L to R: Composers Ronaldo Miranda, José Antonio de Almeida Prado, and Edino Krieger.
Seated: Pianist Luiz Carlos de Moura Castro.
The above photo was taken on the occasion of the FESTIVAL TRÊS SÉCULOS DE PIANO in September of 2001, Sala Cecília Meireles, Museo Nacional de Belas Artes and in Petrópolis.



  • CUA PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, Luis Garay, Director. Featured Latin American selections performing by students of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. December 12, 2000. The Catholic University of America.
  • VERA VIANNA, PIANO. D.M.A. recital of music by Albeniz, Villa-Lobos, Rameau, Schubert, and Liszt. December 4, 2000. Ward Hall, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America.
  • MISA DE TANGO (Argentina). November 30, 2000. St. Matthew's Cathedral, Florida Avenue, Washington, D.C. Benefit concert for Aids research.
  • OVERVIEW OF SPANISH LANGUAGE VOCAL MUSIC. Rosemary Ruiz-Houghton, presenter. Part I: November 20, 2000, 2:00--4:30 PM. Part II: November 27, 2000. Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music. Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Harewood Road, NW. Presentations in conjunction with the Seminar in Vocal Performance (MUS 661) of Dr. Michael Cordovana.
  • ENTREQUATRE and the PRINCE OF ASTURIAS FOUNDATION CHOIR, José Esteban García Miranda, conductor. EntreQuatro performed works by Flores Chaviano and Eliseo Grenet. The Prince of Asturias Foundation Choir performed works by Rodolfo Halffter, X. Montsalvatge, Benito Lauret, and Luis Ruiz de la Peña. Together they performed A Suite of Asturian Melodies by Flores Chaviano. November 20, 2000. Andrés Bello Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1300 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
  • THE INTERNATIONAL AWARD OF MUSIC COMPOSITION "CUITAT DE TARRAGONA" Deadline: November 15, 2000. For further information, contact: Premi Internacional de Composicion Musical "Cuitat de Tarragona," Ajuntamente de Tarragona, Registre General, Placa de la Font 1, E-43003 Tarragona, SPAIN. Tel: 34 977-29-61-00. Fax: 34 977-29-61-18. Email: Web:
  • AMERICAN PREMIERE. Confiteor for Tenor and Winds, by João Guilherme Ripper (Brazil). The United States Army Band, Henry Sgrecci, director. November 12, 2000 Brucker Hall, Fort Myer Army Post, Virginia.
  • ANA CERVANTES, piano. Music de Mexico. Works by Rodolfo Halffter, Ricardo Castro, Arturo Márquez, Ramún Montes de Oca, Federico Ibarra Groth. November 8, 2000. United States Department of State: "State of the Arts" series, Caryl Traten Fisher, director. Dean Acheson Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
  • ORQUESTRA DE CAMBRA DE L'EMPORDÀ. Carlos Coll, director; Chris Nicholls, violin; Jordi Codina, guitar. Concert of music by de Falla, Toldrà, Sarasate, Turina, Colomé, and Coll. Under the auspices of the Dirección General de Relaciones Culturales y Científicas: Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de España; the Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association; the Cultural Office of the Embasy of Spain, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. November 6, 2000. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
  • MASTER CLASSES OF SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN PIANO REPERTOIRE. The National Museum of American History presented a series of four recitals and master classes in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibition: "Piano 300: Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos," supported in part by the Smithsonian Latino Initiative Fund. September 15-16, 2000: Carlos César Rodríguez, Music of Spain; October 6-7, 2000: José Cáceres, Music of the Caribbean and Venezuela; October 27-28, 2000: Luiz de Moura Castro, Music of Brazil and Argentina. November 3-4, 2000. Ana Cervantes, Music of Mexico.
  • ANIMA. Six-member ensemble performing a fusion of Brazilian music with African, European and Native Brazilian musical traditions. Dalga Larrondo, percussion; Isa Taube, voice; Luiz Fiaminghi, Brazilian fiddles; Patricia Gatti, harpsichord; Paulo Freire, Brazilian ten-string guitar; Valeria Bittar, recorders. November 1, 2000. Inter-american Development Bank, 1300 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the IDB Cultural Center with the Embassy of Brazil and the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 1er CONCURSO INTERNACIONAL DE COMPOSICIÓN "JOSÉ ASUNCIÓN FLORES" 1999-2000. Deadline for submission: October 31, 2000. For complete guidelines and further information: email: or web:
  • PRIMER CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE MUSICOLOGÍA. The Instituto Nacional de Musicología "Carlos Vega," under the auspices of the Argentine Secretariat of Culture and Communication and under the patronage of the Fundación Konex, Plastar, Polisur, and the Asociación Amigos del Instituto Nacional de Musicología. October 19 to 22, 2000. Buenos Aires. For further information: or email to:
  • COMISION ORGANIZADORA: Waldemar Axel Roldán, Alejandra Cragnolini, Miguel A. García, Héctor L. Goyena, María Teresa Melfi.
  • COMISION DE APOYO: Hugo Archipretre, Pablo Cirio, Norman Hasenberg, Oscar Olmello, Edgardo Pagliera, Graciela Restelli, Marta Solorza, Yolanda M.Velo.
  • PATROCINIOS: Fundación Konex; empresas Plastar y Polisur; Asociación Amigos del Instituto Nacional de Musicología.
  • SONIA MARIA VIEIRA and MARIA HELENA DE ANDRADE, DUO PIANISTS. Program of Brazilian music. October 16, 2000. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Washington, DC.
  • LATIN JAZZ COMPETITION. Premio Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE) Iberoamericano de Jazz Latino. Convoked by the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE); Fundación Autor. Deadline: October 15, 2000. For further information: Barbara de Braganza, 7 28004 Madrid. Tel. 915036800 Fax 915036819.
  • EL SIKUS EN EL AULA. Fernando Luis Formigo, professor. Workshop presented under the auspices of the Centro de Estudios Musicales and the Universidad Nacional del Comahue, San Martín de los Andres, Neuquén, Argentina. October 6-7, 2000. For further information:
  • ¿QUÉ PASA CON MIS GANAS DE TOCAR EN PUBLICO? El Centro de Estudios Musicales organizó un nuevo encuentro con Hugo Fumero. Auspiciado por la Universidad Nacional del Comahue. 22 y 23 de septiembre del 2000. E-mail:
  • RUBÉN PELÁEZ, PIANO. September 23, 2000. Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Recital sponsored by the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music and Raúl Sánchez, Lauriol Plaza Restaurant, Washington, DC.
  • RICHARD BOUKAS and JOVINO SANTOS NETO, duo. Series of concerts, workshops, and discussions on contemporary Brazilian music, sponsored by the New School Jazz and Contemporary Program, New York City, and faculty member Richard Boukas. September 21-22, 2000. New School Jazz Performance Space, 55 W. 13th Street, 5th floor, New York City.
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2000. 7 PM. Concert including works of Pixinguinha, Guarneri, Escobar, Guerra-Peixe, Pascoal: Beth Ernest Dias, flute, and pianist Francisca Aquino, piano.
  • Thursday, October 26, 2000. Pre-concert discussion 7 PM; concert 8 PM. The Brazil Project: program to include works by Jobim, Gismonti, Pascoal, Santos Neto.
  • FALL WORLD PERCUSSION 2000. Luis Garay, instructor. Classes open to adults. Sixteen classes, every Tueday 6:45-8:15 PM or 8:30-10:00 PM, beginning September 19, 2000. For more information: E-mail:
  • PRE-COLUMBIAN MUSIC from the INCA, MAYA, and AZTEC TERRITORIES. Lecture by Dr. Chalón Rodríguez. September 14, 2000. Inter-American Development Bank,Washington DC.
  • AURELIO DE LA VEGA, Cuban composer, is recipient of the 14th Annual FACE (Facts About Cuban Exiles) Excellence Award in Music. FACE awards were presented September 7, 2000 in Miami, Florida. To contact the composer: California State University at Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330.
  • CUENCA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. Luís Torres Gomez, director. Program of Ecuadorian music. Concert made possible through the collaboration of the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music and the Embassy of Ecuador. September 7, 2000. Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • PREMIO LATINOAMERICANO DE MUSICOLOGÍA. Instituto Nacional de Musicología "Carlos Vega," under the patronage of Plaster Printing. For the rules and guidelines: or email to:
  • ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DE MINERÍA. Jorge Velazco, artistic director. 23rd Season: July 15, 2000-August 27, 2000. Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Ciudad Universitaria.
  • IV CONCURSO INTERNACIONAL DE CANTO LÍRICO: Premio "Ciudad de Trujillo." July 31--August 7, 2000. Sponsored by the Centro de Promoción Cultural of the Municipalidad Provincial de Trujillo. Application deadline was June 30, 2000. IV Concurso Internacional de Canto Lírico, "Premio Ciudad de Trujillo." Nicolás Rebaza 352-Urb. Las Quintanas. Telefax: 044-250738-Trujillo-Perú. E-mail:
  • NANCY ROLDÁN, PIANO. Master class at the National Music Conservatory of Argentina, August 13, 2000; with her group CYGNUS, presentation of the world premiere of a quartet for oboe, flute, clarinet, and piano by Trygve Madsen at the IDRS 2000 BA Fest, August 13, 2000; presentation of a solo and duo recital with José Cueto in a program of music of the Americas and from the old world, August 26, 2000.
  • On July 9-18, 2000, Dr. Roldán presented a workshop for performers at Medomak, Maine at the Annual Conductors Retreat ( Her participation included a program of Latin American music and works by Franz Liszt. On July 20, 2000, Dr. Roldán presented a four-hands and solo recital at Hood Summer Concert Series with pianist Noel Lester in a program entitled "Invitation to the Dance," featuring dances from around the world, including Three Dances of the Guatemalan composer Manuel Herrarte, Tango-Milonga by Piazzolla, Danzas by Morel-Campos of Puerto Rico, and a Cuban-inspired work of Gottschalk.
  • XIV CONFERENCIA ANUAL DE LA ASOCIACIÓN ARGENTINA DE MUSICOLOGÍA: HEGEMONÍA Y MARGINALIDAD. August 10-13, 2000. Aula Magna de la Facultad de Filosofía, Humanidades y Artes de la Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina. Application deadline: postmark May 29, 2000. Asociación Argentina de Musicología, Bolívar 553, 4o J, (1066) Buenos Aires, Argentina. Email: iruiz@sinectis,
  • XII CONCURSO ENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE NIÑOS Y JOVENES MUSICOS. August 24-25, 2000. Sponsored by the Fundación Teatro del Libertador, Ministerio de Educación, Córdoba, Argentina. Av. Vélez Sársfield 365-2o piso (5000) Córdoba, Argentina. Tel./Fax: 54-51-4265233 (Cba) - 54-3543-431380 (V. Allende). Email:
  • TANGO MUSIC SYMPOSIUM. July 27-30, 2000. California State University Northridge.
  • VIRGINIA YEP, GUITAR. Verano Clasico Español. Cycle of Spanish music for the guitar. The program included works of Luis de Narvaez, Luis Milan, Gaspar Sanz, Manuel de Falla, Enrique Sainz de la Maza, Joaquin Turina, and Joaquin Rodrígo. July 25, 2000. Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstrasse 97, Prenslauer Berg, Berlin.
  • BUILDING MUSICAL BRIDGES: concert by the WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA to benefit the Ecuadorian Youth Symphony Orchestra. Featured violinist and Ecuadorian cultural attaché Jorge Saade-Scaff and Ecuadorian pianist Samir Elghoul. Hosted by Ivonne A-Baki, Ambassador of Ecuador. July 13, 2000. Organization of American States, Washington DC.
  • RAVELLO 2000:"Celebration of Latin American Music," presented as part of the
  • Amalfi Coast Music Festival and Institute, June 27-July 9, 2000,Vietri sul Mare, Amalfi, Italy. At the same time as the summer concert series of the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, the Institute offered master classes and private lessons in piano, voice, strings, and chamber music taught by a distinguished faculty including members of the faculty of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America. The Institute is open to all (advanced and postgraduate students, music teachers, and qualified amateurs); one semester hour of college credit is available through The Catholic University of America.
  • The "Celebration of Latin American Music" is a two-year event that this year had a special focus on Brazil in honor of its 500th anniversary. Featured was the piano music of the Brazilian composers Camargo Guarnieri, Francisco Mignone, Ernesto Nazareth, Claudio Santoro, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Also included were the Argentine composers Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Guastavino, and Astor Piazzolla.
  • Special guest artists were Gerardo Vila (Argentina), João-Carlos Parreira (Brazil), Luiz de Moura Castro (Brazil), and Edison Quintana (Mexico). The noted classical guitarist from Paraguay, Berta Rojas also performed; and the renowned young soprano, Nina Edwards, who in 1999 made her debut in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasília in the leading role of "Lo Schiavo" by Carlos Gomes, sang arias from the operas of Gomes.
  • The musical director was pianist Luiz de Moura Castro, faculty of the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford and of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America. In addition to a series of afternoon and evening concerts, the celebration offered seminars and round-tables. Topics presented include "Brazilian Transformation of European Dances and Art Forms," and "The History of the Tango in Brazil and Its Influences on Other Musical Cultures."
  • Center of Musical Studies, 5402 Duvall Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20816. Tel: (301) 320-9046. Fax: (301) 229-1059. E-mail: . Web site: .
  • CONCURSO LATINOAMERICANO DE VIOLONCHELO "CARLOS PRIETO 2000." June 26-June 30, 2000. Conservatorio de las Rosas, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. For further information: Conservatorio de las Rosas, Santiago Tapia 334, Centro, 58000, Morelia, Michoacan, México. Tel: (43) 12 1469 or (43) 12 1864. Fax: (43) 12 7406. Email:
  • III PREMIO IBEROAMERICANO DE LA MÚSICA: TOMÁS LUIS DE VICTORIA 2000. Biennial competition for composers, open to composers of Iberoamerican nationality, candidates presented by institutions. Application deadline: June 30, 2000. Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE), Dpta. Promoción del Repertorio Clásico, Calle Fernando VI, No. 4, 28004 Madrid, España.
  • Music Ministry in the Spanish Language Liturgy: Practical Issues and Strategies. June 24, 2000. One-day workshop designed to assist musicians and music directors ministering in parishes offering Spanish language liturgies in their efforts to build and maintain a music program. Includes basic sight-reading skills and music fundamentals, rehearsal techniques, choice of appropriate music, learning of new material. Instructors: Diana Sáez, Director of the CUA Women's Chorus, Founder and Artistic Director of Coral Cantigas; Joseph Santo, Composer, Acting Director of the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music, CUA.
  • JUEGOS MUSICALES II. El Centro de Estudios Musicales organiza un nuevo encuentro con la pedagoga Pepa Vivanco. Una propuesta práctica para aplicar en jardines, primarias y secundarias, talleres de arte y escuelas de música. 9 y 10 de junio. Leandro Fequino, C.C. 123, (8370) San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén, Argentina. Teléfono: (02972) 426918. Celular: (02944) 15634904. E-mail:
  • CORAL CANTIGAS ( JEWISH, MOORISH, AND CHRISTIAN MUSIC OF SPAIN. Diana Sáez, Artistic Director. June 1 and 4, 2000.
  • MARÍA SUSANA AZZI, AUTHOR. María Susana Azzi will present a lecture on her recent book Le Grand Tango: The Life and Music of Astor Piazzolla. After the lecture there will be a book signing and ALEJANDRO MUZIO, Uruguayan bandoneonist, accompanied by Puerto Rican pianist JOSÉ CÁCERES will present a demonstration of tango music. May 30, 2000. Inter-American Development Bank, 9th floor auditorium, 1300 New York Avenue, NW. Washington, D.C.
  • MARTHA MARCHENA, PIANO. Concert of XIX and XX Century Cuban Music. Works by Saumell, Cervantes, José White, García Caturla, Gisela Hernández, Piñera, Aurelio de la Vega, Antonio María Romeu, and Lecuona. Under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles and the Patronato José Martí, Inc. of Los Angeles. May 28, 2000. Bing Auditorium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California.
  • SONIA MARIA VIEIRA and MARIA HELENA DE ANDRADE, DUO PIANISTS (BRAZIL). All-Brazilian program. May 4, 2000. Americas Society of New York, 680 Park Avenue, New York City.
  • FIDEICOMISO PARA LA CULTURA MÉXICO-ESTADOS UNIDOS. Call for proposal submissions for projects of bi-national relevance in music, as well as in the disciplines of dance, theater, visual arts, literature, media art, cultural studies, and libraries. Deadline: April 28, 2000. For more information: Fideicomiso para la Cultura México-Estados Unidos, Londres 16, 3er. piso, Colonia Juárez 06600, México, D.F., México. URL:
  • AQUILES BÁEZ QUINTET: "VENEZUELAN WINDOW." Aquiles Báez, guitar, composer and arranger; Gonzalo Grau, piano, cuatro, percussion; Oscar Stagnaro, bass; Pablo Bencid, drums; Omar Ledezma, percussion. Jazz works of Aquiles Báez, Pablo Camacaro, and Genaro Prieto. April 20, 2000. Inter-American Development Bank. Washington, D.C.
  • DR. ROBERT STEVENSON: "ECUADOR'S CONTRIBUTION TO UNIVERSAL MUSIC." April 19, 2000. Ward Hall, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Harewood Rd., Washington, D.C. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Embassy of Ecuador and the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music.
  • VERA VIANNA, PIANO (BRAZIL). D.M.A. lecture-recital: "Trends in Brazilian Piano Music Around 1950: Guarnieri, Guerra-Peixe and Santoro." April 18, 2000. Ward Recital Hall, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • AURORA ROMAN DE SUAREZ, Ecuadorian Pianist and Composer. April 12, 2000. Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Embassy of Ecuador in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute.
  • TANIA LISBOA, CELLO and MIRIAM BRAGA, PIANO (BRAZIL). Concert of music by Heitor Villa-Lobos. April 10, 2000 Inter-American Development Bank, 1300 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Cultural Center of IDB and the Embassy of Brazil.
  • NANCY ROLDÁN, PIANO. Professor of Piano at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, Maryland. Recital of Latin American works incorporating folk song elements. Composers represented: Ernesto Lecuona (Cuba), Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil), Manuel M. Ponce (Mexico), Francisco Pulgar Vidal (Perú), Carlos Guastavino and Astor Piazzolla (Argentina), Alfonso Leng and Pedro Humberto Allende (Chile), Manuel Herrarte (Guatemala), Héctor Campos-Parsi (Puerto Rico). April 9, 2000 Wells Center, Denver, Colorado. Sponsored by the Denver Music Teachers Association.
  • LUDWIG CARRASCO, VIOLIN and LAURA CARRASCO, PIANO (MEXICO). Program of works by Manuel M. Ponce, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Johannes Brahms. April 6, 2000. Crawford Recital Hall, North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • NORTH/SOUTH CONSONANCE Program of music of Rodolfo Coelho de Souza, James Correa, Karl Korte, Max Lifchitz, Ron Mazurek, Douglas Ovens, and Otto Luening. April 3, 2000. Christ & Stephen's Church, 120 W. 69th Street, New York City.
  • VERA VIANNA, PIANO (BRAZIL): PIANO WORKSHOP: "BRAZILIAN DANCES FOR PIANO." March 29, 2000. Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America. Presented under the auspices of the Piano Pedagogy Division.
  • LECTURE-DEMONSTRATION: ABERTURA CONCERTANTE FOR OBOE, ENGLISH HORN, AND ORCESTRA by Dr. João Ripper. Dr. João Ripper. March 29, 2000 at 2:00 P.M. Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Presented in cooperation with the Composition Division of the School of Music.
  • LECTURE: "NATIONALISM IN BRAZILIAN MUSIC AT THE END OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY." Dr. João Ripper, dean of the School of Music of the Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro. March 28, 2000 at Noon. Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Presented in cooperation with the History Division of the School of Music.
  • João Guilherme Ripper (Brazil) was graduated from the School of Music at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro where he studied composition with Henrique Morelenbaum and Ronaldo Miranda, and conducting with Roberto Duarte. Besides teaching Musical Analysis and Composition and serving as director of the graduate program there, he served as curriculum coordinator of the School of Music of the Estácio de Sá University. Dr. Ripper is presently dean of the 150 year old prestigious School of Music of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. While at The Catholic University of America, he was a student in the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. He received his Master's degree in Composition from The Catholic University of America in 1993 with the publication of Música sacra-uma nova proposta, which grew out of his work Missa Festiva, and received his D.M.A. in Composition from The Catholic University of America in 1997, having studied under Helmut Braunlich. Dr. Ripper has also participated in advanced courses in Brazil and Italy, including a class in orchestral conducting given by Luciano Bellini.
  • Dr. Ripper's works have been frequently performed in leading concert halls in Brazil and abroad. His Rio São Francisco- imagem sinfônia was written for the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Heitor Villa-Lobos and was first performed in 1987 in Bari, Italy by the Symphonic Orchestra of the Puglia Region. The work has been subsequently performed by the most important Brazilian orchestras. In 1996 he received a commission from The Catholic University of America Wind Ensemble, Dr. Robert Garofalo, director. The title of the commissioned work is Chamber Symphony for Winds and was premiered in November of 1997. His Confiteor for tenor and chamber orchestra was performed at the V Incontri di Musica Sacra Contemporanea (Rome, 1992) in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore; his Three Ancestral Dances was premiered by the Contemporary Music Forum, Washington, D.C.; and his Woodwind Quintet "Visions from the Absence" was commissioned and premiered by the Solaris Quintet at the University of Akron, Ohio. In the winter of 1994, Dr. Ripper toured with the Solaris Quintet presenting lectures about the work and about trends in Brazilian music. In 1995, he won first prize in the First Composition Competition of RioArte with the work Rio Desvelo for baritone and piano, music and text by the composer. Among his creative output is a Concertino for Viola and String Orchestra (1988), Metamorphosis for violin and piano (1995), and the opera Augusto Matraga (1996). His Abertura Concertante for Oboe, English Horn, and Orchestra (1999) was commissioned and premiered by the Akron Symphony Orchestra. His association with the University of Akron also includes his participation in BrazilFest (1991), where his works Libera me for soprano and organ and Romaria for wind quintet were performed.
  • He has organized several academic and cultural events in Brazil, among them, in 1997, the Biennial of Contemporary Brazilian Music (IBAC) and, in 1998, the Panorama of Current Brazilian Music (UFRJ). He founded and directs the Opus Cantorum choir, which performs sacred music, principally Gregorian chant. He has given master classes in Composition in many Brazilian cities and has given conferences at the Corcoran Gallery and the Brazilian-American Cultural Institute (Washington, D.C.), the Centro di Studi Braziliani (Rome, 1992), in addition to several lectures at Ward Hall.
  • CORAL CANTIGAS ( CANTO Y POESÍA--SINGING LATIN AMERICAN POETRY. Diana Sáez, Artistic Director. March 25, 2000: The Lyceum, 1201 S. Washington Street, Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. March 26, 2000: Bethesda United Methodist Church, 8300 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • PREMIERE: CONCERTO FOR OBOE, ENGLISH HORN, AND ORCHESTRA by João Ripper (Brazil). March 25, 2000. Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron, Ohio.
  • FABIANA BRAVO (Argentina), soprano, ( participated in the closing concert "Celebrate Buenos Aires," March 26, 2000 at the World Finance Center, New York. The event took place February 1--March 26, 2000, and was sponsored by the government of Argentina. Fabiana participated in the Regional Finals of the MET National Council Auditions for the Middle Atlantic Region, February 2000. Ms. Bravo will sing two roles with the Virginia Opera for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. For further information: .
  • ANTONIO SOLÍS PEYREYA, baritone (Bolivia). Program of operatic arias. March 16, 2000. Ward Recital Hall, on the campus of The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Presented by the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music and the Voice Division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.
  • JOSÉ CÁCERES, piano. Lecture-recital: Gottschalk and His Caribbean Colleagues, featuring the works of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and the colleagues he met in his travels throughout the Caribbean between 1854 and 1857. March 11, 2000. Agnes E. Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive, NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC, "Spring in Havana." Organized by the Cuban Institute of Music and the National Laboratory of Electroacoustic Music of Cuba. March 5-11, 2000. Electronic, electroacoustic, and multimedia works were presented, as were lectures, workshops, and expositions. Email:
  • ANTONIO SOLÍS PEYREYA, baritone (Bolivia). Program of operatic arias. Lourdes Berthin, accompanist. February 25, 2000. Interamerican Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
  • CRUCE DE RUTAS II EN EL APRENDIZAJE DE LA MÚSICA POPULAR. Pepa Vivanco and Hugo Fumero, presenters. February 17-20, 2000. San Martín de los Andes, Argentina. Email:
  • NELSON NIÑO, oboe. Recital of music by Carlos Chávez, Alberto Ginastera, and John Barbirolli. With Jean Melilli, flute, and Andrew Simpson, piano. February 27, 2000. Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music, Ward Recital Hall of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • LUIZ DE MOURA CASTRO, piano. Recital of Brasilian piano music, featuring music of Callado, Guarnieri, Nazareth, Levy, Mignone, Santoro, and Villa-Lobos. February 20, 2000. Millard Auditorium at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford.
  • NORTH/SOUTH CONSONANCE: MUSIC FOR PIANO AND LARGE ENSEMBLES. Works by Nickitas Demos, David Lipten, William Ortiz, Christopher James. Max Lifchitz, conductor. February 20, 2000. Christ & St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th St., NYC.
  • TANGO..AYER Y HOY. The Washington Tango Trio: Alejandro Muzio, bandoneón; David March, acoustic bass; José Cáceres, piano; assisted by Carmen Balthrop, soprano; Florence Altenburger, violin; Ignacio Alcover, cello; Ludovic Jolivet, dancer; Tino Bastidas and Susana Reynolds, tango dancers. February 17, 2000 Ward Recital Hall, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. Sponsored by the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music, with the generous support of the Graduate Student Association. For more information:
  • WASHINGTON GARCIA, piano. "The Music of Ecuador," co-sponsored with the Cocoran Gallery of Art, the Embassy of Ecuador, and the Association of Ibero-American Cultural Attachés. February 17, 2000. Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • THE SEAFARING SON: RHYTHMS OF AFRICA, MEXICO, AND ANDALUCIA. Son Jarocho Ensemble, with Mono Blanco and Chuchumbé Djimo Kouyate. February 12, 2000. George Washington Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C. Related residency activities: February 9-11.
  • ANA CERVANTES, PIANO. Program included the United States premiere of the Third Piano Sonata, "Madre Juana," of Federico Ibarra and of the Sonata for Piano of Pilar Ortega. February 11, 2000. National Museum of Women in the Arts,Washington, D.C. This concert celebrated the retrospective exposition of Remedios Varo and was a joint presentation of the Museum and the Instituto Cultural de México of Washington, D.C.
  • JORGE SAADE-SCAFF, VIOLIN and JOSÉ CÁCERES, PIANO. Recital of Latin American music for violin and piano. February 10, 2000. Sponsored by the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music, with the generous support of the Graduate Student Association.
  • HORACIO GUTIERREZ, PIANO. Recital: February 7, 2000, at 8:00 P.M. Master Class: February 8, 2000, at 2:00 P.M. Ward Recital Hall on the campus of The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • RICHARD MILLER, GUITAR and PATRICK DESANTOS, BARITONE. Música Popular Brasileira: Bossa and Beyond. January 28, 2000. The Brazilian-American Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • WORLD PERCUSSION 2000 COURSE: AFRO-LATIN ROCK, JAZZ AND AFRICAN WORLD PERCUSSION. Luis Garay, Instructor. Spring classes begin February 1, 2000, every Tuesday 6:45 P.M.-8:15 P.M. or 8:30 P.M.-10:00 P.M. For information and registration: 202-319-5422;
  • WORLD PERCUSSION 2000 CONCERT. Luis Garay, Director. January 16, 2000. Sponsored by the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • NEW MUSIC FROM THE AMERICAS. North/South Consonance, New York, New York, Max Lifchitz, Director. For information on the 1999-2000 season of free concerts: 212-663-7566. Web site:
  • IV SIMPOSIO LATINO-AMERICANO DE MUSICOLOGIA. Curitiba, Brazil. January 20-23, 2000. Email:


  • On December 7, 1999, the Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M., President of The Catholic University of America, conferred upon PIANIST HORACIO GUTIERREZ the degree Doctor of Music, honoris causa.
  • JORNADAS NOVA MÚSICA. This yearly event includes conferences, master classes, a workshop of interpretation in chamber orchestra, recitals, and concerts. Topics include Composition, Bassoon, Saxophone, and Voice. Participating in the event are: composers Emmanuel Nunes, Edwin Roxburgh, Wolfgang Niessner; bassonist Pascal Gallois; saxophonist Henk Van Twillert; soprano Ana Ester Neves; among others. Sponsored by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture and the University of Aveiro, and under the management of the Fundação João Jacinto de Magalhães, Aveiro, Portugal. December 10--19, 1999. For further information and registration: Dr. Fátima Lopes, Fundação João Jacinto de Magalhães, Edifício I-Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal. Tel: 00-351-34-380904; Fax: 00-351-34-370997; E-mail:
  • NAVIDAD NUESTRA: OUR LATIN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS. Christmas Concert of Coral Cantigas (, Diana Sáez, Artistic Director. December 3 and 9, 1999.
  • CUA WOMEN'S CHOIR, Diana V. Sáez, Director. December 5, 1999. The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Program included Venezuelan carols and English Christmas carols by Britten and Holst.
  • CURSO DE INVIERNO: DOS SIGLOS DE MÚSICA LATINOAMERICANA. The Department of Music of Casa de las Américas, La Habana, Cuba offered a panorama of musical creation in Latinamerican and Caribbean cultures, with special attention to the 19th and 20th centuries. The course was taught by Dr. Carmen María Sáenz Coopat, musicologist and specialist of the Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Música Cubana. 29 November-3 December, 1999. E-mail:
  • HEINZ KARL SCHWEBEL (Brazil), trumpet. Concerto recital. December 1, 1999. Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America. A program of works by Eric Ewazen, Paul Hindemith, Alexander Arutunian.
  • LITURGICAL MUSIC AND CANTATAS OF THE PORTUGUESE-AMSTERDAM SYNAGOGUE (1675), November 18, 1999 at the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands, Washington, D.C.
  • TIERRA DE PROMISIÓN, a choral work by Daniel Luzko was performed by the Irvine Valley Chorale at the convention of the Music Association of Community Colleges of California (MACCC). November 18, 1999.
  • PERCUSSION OF THE AMERICAS. Luis Garay presented a lecture-presentation, sponsored by the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music. November 18, 1999. Ward Recital Hall, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • CARLOS PRIETO, cello, and EDISON QUINTANA, piano. Works by Juan Orrego-Salas (world premiere), Mario Lavista (U.S. premiere), Astor Piazzolla, Shostakovich, Kodaly. November 17, 1999. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.
  • MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD. CUA Wind Ensemble, Robert Garofalo, Conductor. Concert included La oreja de oro by Mariano San Miguel (Spain) and Brasiliana by João Ripper (Brazil). November 17, 1999, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • CLARA SVERNER, Brazilian pianist, will present a recital, November 16, 1999. Brazilian-American Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the Brazilian Embassy. The program included works by Mateo Albéniz, Padre Antonio Soler, Louis Gottschalk, Chiquinha Gonzaga, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Ernesto Nazareth.
  • "WAYS OF THE VOICE" NEW VOCAL MUSIC. Anna María Kieffer, mezzo-soprano and Leo Kupper, composer. November 10, 1999 at the Brazilian-American Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the Brazilian Embassy.
  • JORGE ENRIQUE BÁEZ, Paraguayan pianist, presented a recital of piano works by Bach; Liszt; and the Paraguayan composers Juan Max Boettner, Agustín Pío Barrios, Luis Cáceres Carísimo, Carlos Lara Bareiro, Daniel Luzko, and Juan Carlos Moreno González. November 5, 1999 at the Inter-American Development Bank,Washington, D.C.
  • DR. ROBERT STEVENSON IN RECITAL. Musicologist Robert Stevenson was designated by the Performance Committee of the American Musicological Society to present an all-Chopin recital as the opening event on November 4, 1999 of this year's national meeting in Kansas City, Missouri to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the composer's death.
  • SOL Y CANTO. Concert of Latin American music, which featured Cuban son and rumba, Colombian cumbia, Puerto Rican bomba and seis, calypso, salsa, and more. Brian and Rosi Amador, co-founders. November 3, 1999. National Geographic, Washington, D.C.
  • ENTREQUATRE: Spanish Guitar Quartet. The program included Estampas by Federico Moreno-Torroba, Rondino by José María García Laborda, Fandango by Luigi Boccherini, EntreQuatre by Flores Chaviano, Paisaje cubano con lluvia by Leo Brouwer, and Uarekena by Sergio Assad. October 26, 1999. Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
  • COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL: MUSICOLOGÍA Y GLOBALIZACIÓN. The Department of Music of Casa de las Américas, La Habana, Cuba held an international colloquium on the role of musicology in the face of cultural globalization; the fusion and cultural mixture of contemporary musical creation; text and context of musical expression, or the music that surrounds us; strategies for the dissemination, preservation, and development of the musical patrimony of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. October 25-29, 1999.
  • PRÓLOGO Y CANTO, for violin, violoncello, and piano, by Joseph Santo, was performed by members of the faculty of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music: Jody Gatwood, violin; Robert Newkirk, violoncello; Thomas Mastroianni, piano. October 31, 1999. The Catholic University of America. The program also included works by Beethoven and Brahms.
  • LUIS BATLLE (Uruguay), pianist, presented a program at the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the Embassy of Uruguay, October 20, 1999.
  • SONIA MARIA VIEIRA AND MARIA HELENA DE ANDRADE, duo pianists, presented by the Brazilian-American Cultural Institute under the auspices of the Brazilian Embassy. The program featured the works of Aloysio de Alencar Pinto, Osvaldo Lacerda, Aylton Escobar, Ronaldo Miranda, and Francisco Mignone. October 18, 1999.
  • THE MUSIC OF SPAIN. Miguel Baselga, piano. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored with the Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association and the Embassy of Spain. Works of Soler, Albeniz, Falla, and Ravel. Thursday, October 14, 1999.
  • ANA CASTRELLO, mezzo-soprano and ROSEMARIE RUÍZ-HOUGHTON, soprano, presented a recital of Spanish and Latin American vocal music, including excerpts of zarzuelas from Puerto Rico and Cuba. September 19, 1999 on the campus of The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • A GALA BENEFIT CONCERT PERFORMANCE, the 1999 Campaign for the Children of Ecuador, was presented by the The Latin American Cultural Heritage Foundation. Featuring Ecuadorian composer Gerardo Guevara; The Washington Tango Trio; Jorge Saade-Scaff, Violinist; Inja Stanic, Pianist; Sopranos: Alma Preciado, Kaylia Bravo; Mezzo: Ana Castrello; Tenors: Antonio Esclapes, Gylchris Sprauve, and Pablo Henrich. The program included selections from: Zarzuela by Federico Moreno Torroba; Classical Opera of Bizet, Puccini, Meyerbeer, and Ernesto Lecuona; works of Gerardo Guevara; songs by Maria Grever, Carlos Guatavino, Manuel M. Ponce, Agustine Lara, and Manuel De Falla; Tangos. The program took place at the Performing Arts Center Rockville Campus of Montgomery College September 16th 1999.
  • BRAZILIAN PIANIST LUIZ CARLOS DE MOURA-CASTRO, in recital, September 15, 1999 on the campus of The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. The event was sponsored by the Piano Division and the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music.
  • CHÁVEZ-REVUELTAS CENTENARY COLLOQUIUM took place September 6-11, 1999 in Mexico City, sponsored by the Centro de Investigación y Documentación Musical (CENIDIM). Dr. Robert Stevenson presented a paper centering on the topic of encyclopedia reportage.
  • VI ENCUENTRO NACIONAL DE EDUCATORES MUSICALES 1999, presented by the Sociedad Venezolana de Educación Musical (SOVEM), Mérida, Venezuela, 5-11 September, 1999. The theme: El Cuatro: Recurso Didáctico e Identidad. The program: Taller de Cuatro: Niveles de Iniciación, Medio y Avanzado; Taller: Aplicaciones didácticas del cuatro en la enseñanza musical; Foro-El cuatro: Recurso Didáctico e Identidad; Clausura: Concierto de las 40.000 cuerdas.
  • COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL: CENTENARIO DE CARLOS CHÁVEZ Y SILVESTRE REVUELTAS (1899-1999). Presented by the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, through the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico. September 7--11, 1999. Colloquium participants included Gloria Carmona, Eugenia Revueltas, Ricardo Pérez Montfort, Carlos Monsiváis, José Antonio Alcaraz, Consuelo Carredano, Howard Pollack, Antonio Saborit, Aurelio Tello, Leandro Donozo, Omar Corrado, Peter Garland, Robert Stevenson, Per Brevig, Luis Jaime Cortez, Sergio Vela, Roberto Kolb Neuhaus, Talía Jiménez Ramírez, Charles Hoag, Max Lifchitz, Rober Parker, Leonora Saavedra, Luisa Vilar-Payá, and Eduardo Contreras Soto.
  • XIII CONFERENCIA ANUAL DE LA ASOCIACIÓN ARGENTINA DE MUSICOLOGÍA: August 5-8, 1999, Buenos Aires. Theme: La musicología del siglo XX: temáticas, enfoques y tendencias. Tel: 3417437. E-mail:
  • LATIN AMERICAN COLONIAL MUSIC: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, featuring musicologist Egberto Bermúdez. Coral Cantigas presented its third annual workshop on the performance and interpretation of Latin American choral music. July 23, 1999, Montgomery College School of Music Recital Hall, 51 Manakee St., Rockville, Maryland. During this concert/workshop, Coral Cantigas performed Latin American music from different periods. Egberto Bermúdez presented an historical overview of Latin American colonial music and its origins; European, African and indigenous influences; significant composers; and performance practice and interpretation.
  • Egberto Bermúdez is Professor of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the National University in Bogotá, Colombia. He has published a number of works on Colombian music history, traditional and popular music, and musical instruments. He is the founder and director of CANTO, an ensemble specializing in Spanish and Latin American Renaissance and Baroque repertoire. In 1992 along with Juan Luis Restrepo, Professor Bermúdez established the Fundación de Música, an organization dedicated to disseminating research on Latin America's musical past to both scholars and the general public.
  • CANCIONES CUBANAS DE LOS SIGLOS XIX Y XX, Anne Marie Ketchum, soprano, and Phillip Young, piano. July 11, 1999, 4:00 P.M. Bing Auditorium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles.
  • Alejandro Muzio (Uruguay), MA, was recently featured in an article by Susan K. Oetgen, MM, entitled "The Challenging Art of the Bandoneón," which appeared in Claves, a bi-monthly publication of the Latin American Folk Institute (LAFI). The Latin American Folk Institute, based in Washington, D.C., is an educational institution for the teaching of Latin American arts and culture. For further information about the Institute: 202-518-0754
  • VIOLINIST JORGE SAADE-SCAFF and PIANIST JOSÉ CÁCERES performed a concert of South American music at the Library of Congress' Coolidge Auditorium presented under the auspices of the Library of Congress' Hispanic Cultural Society and the Embassy of Ecuador. April 27, 1999.
  • AURELIO DE LA VEGA: Performance of his Canciones Transparentes (1995), for soprano, clarinet, cello and piano in a Recital of Recent American Chamber Music. Recital Hall of California State University, Northridge, California. Presented by the National Association of Composers, U.S.A. March 26, 1999.
  • PIANIST EDISON QUINTANA was invited to The Catholic University of America as a Visiting Professor March 15--26, 1999. His activities were presented by the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music and the Piano Department, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. Maestro Quintana's visit to The Catholic University of America was sponsored by la Coordinación Nacional de Música del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA); la Dirección de Música de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); la Dirreción General de Cooperación Educativa y Cultural de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, Mexico; The Graduate Student Association of The Catholic University of America. The Schedule of Events was as follows: 20th Century Piano Music of the Americas (MUS 571): lecture-presentations.
  • Music of Brazil and Rio de la Plata (MUS 680): lecture-presentation. 20th Century Piano Music of the Americas composed since 1975: joint recital with Dr. Thomas Mastroianni, CUA; Maestro Brian Ganz, CUA, St. Mary's College; Maestra Nancy Roldán, Peabody Conservatory.
  • Edison Quintana was born in Uruguay and completed his early piano studies with Hugo Balzo. He later obtained scholarships to study in la Academia Musicescu in Romania and also studied with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Guido Agosti in Italy. In 1966, he was a prize recipient in the International Competition of Leeds, England and in 1970 took first prize in the International Beethoven Competition in Mendoza, Argentina. In Uruguay, he was Director o f the Conservatorio Municipal de la Ciudad de Maldonado. He also received first prizes in competitions organized by the Servicio Oficial de Difusión Radioeléctrica (SODRE) and was scholarship recipient of the Juventudes Musicales del Uruguay and UNESCO. He is the founder of the Filarmónica de las Américas and pianist and arranger for the Conjunto Camerata Punta del Este. In 1981, he was prize winner in the International Competition of Mexican Music convened by the Coordinación Nacional de Música del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA) and the Fondo Nacional para las Artes (FONAPAS). He was the first pianist to be invited back to Uruguay in 1985 upon the return of democracy to that country. In 1987 he made his debut in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 1996, he was awarded a performance scholarship from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), Mexico. His most important recordings include the entire piano works of Manuel de Elías, Rodolfo Halffter, Felipe Villanueva, a recording dedicated to children, and one of tangos. In addition to the Latin American repertoire, he has performed the complete keyboard works of George Gershwin and all the Beethoven piano sonatas. He is currently preparing a compact disc dedicated to the piano music of Manuel Ponce. He recorded for the first time the Piano Concerto of Hermilo Hernández and premiered the Piano Concerto of Héctor Quintanar. He has completed a series of recordings of Latin American and Spanish music in duet with cellist Carlos Prieto. He has also premiered concertos of Britten, Albéniz, Prokofiev, and Bolling. Prokofiev's Fourth Piano Concerto received its Latin American premiere with Maestro Quintana as soloist. In September 1998 he made his debut in the Teatro Miguel Ángel Asturias de Guatemala, performing the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of that country. He has traveled throughout the Americas and Europe as a chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist. He is presently concert artist with the Coordinación Nacional de Música del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA) and the Dirección de Música de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), institutions sponsoring his visit to The Catholic University of America. In addition, his travel has been sponsored by the Dirección General de Cooperación Educativa y Cultural de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, the government institution in Mexico dedicated to cultural exchanges and cooperative educational endeavors.
  • THE SONNECK SOCIETY FOR AMERICAN MUSIC, 25th Annual Meeting, March 10-14, 1999, Fort Worth, Texas. A plenary session in honor of Dr. Robert Stevenson was presented on March 13, 1999. John Koegel, Organizer and Presenter (University of Missouri-Columbia); Ricardo Miranda, Speaker (Investigator, Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Musical and Director for Opera and Music, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City); Craig Russell, Speaker (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo). Dr. Robert Stevenson received the Society's first Lifetime Achievement Citation.
  • MUSIC IN PARAGUAY. Lecture by Dr. Daniel Luzko, composer and alumnus. The lecture was in two parts, the first of which was an historical survey: I. The Indians: Their Music and Instruments; II. The Jesuit Reductions; III. Music during the dictatorship of José Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia; IV. Music during the Lopez Dynasty; V. The Triple Alliance War and the Post-War Period. The second part treated of the music of the twentieth century, including discussion of composers Fernando Centurion, Gustavo Sosa Escalada, Agustin Barrios, Remberto Gimenez, Juan Max Boettner, Oscar Nelson Safuan, among many others. February 23, 1999.
  • CORAL CANTIGAS, Diana Saez, Director, presented ZARZUELA: LUISA FERNANDA, with the Pan American Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Sergio Buslje. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. February 20, 1999. The choral group also performed a Spring program entitled "EN UN CRUCERO POR EL CARIBE," with a pre-concert lecture by Marvette Pérez, curator of Latino Studies and Latino History at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. May 20, 1999, Washington, D.C. For further information about CORAL CANTIGAS: 301-816-0420.
  • MUSICAL LIFE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY RÍO DE LA PLATA (MONTEVIDEO, RÍO DE JANEIRO, AND BUENOS AIRES) AS REFLECTED IN CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL PRESS, presented by Esperanza Berrocal, at the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music on the campus of The Catholic University of America.
  • LECTURE IN HOMAGE TO ARGENTINIAN COMPOSER AND PEDAGOGUE ROBERTO CAAMAÑO (1923-1993): Piano Quintet, Opus 25 and Concerto for Harp and Small Orchestra, Opus 31. Presented by Graciela Clara Rasini, Visiting Professor. This lecture was offered in collaboration between the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music and the Composition Seminar, Dr. Steven Strunk, Professor, at the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music on the campus of The Catholic University of America.


  • Graciela Clara Rasini is currently full-time professor of theory, composition, and piano at the Escuela de Artes y Ciencias Musicales de la Universidad Católica de Argentina, where she received her Master's in composition and is a regular advisor of the school's managing board.
  • Professor Rasini studied piano with Robert Caamaño (1923-1993), composer and one of the most important pedagogues in Argentina, who appointed her as his assistant in teaching composition and theory. After his death, she assumed the responsibility of teaching several of the courses he had offered. She has done a thorough study of his works, two of which are the subject of the present lecture. She has also lectured on Argentinian composer Rodolfo Arizaga (1926-1985), and her research has resulted in the publication of the first catalog of his works. Presently, she is researching the development and stylistic characteristics of the works of Arizaga and has lectured here in the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music on the music of both Arizaga and Caamaño. At the Center for Contemporary Music in Buenos Aires, she has studied twentieth century compositional techniques with composers Godoffredo Petrasi of Italy, Gerardo Gandini, Francisco Kröpfl, and Robert Caamaño of Argentina. She has been the recipient of several scholarships and awards, which include the first place award in the national Argentine piano competition sponsored by the "Black and Ivory Association" and the first prize in the national piano contest organized by the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. She is active as a pianist in both solo and chamber music repertoire. Professor Rasini is presently writing articles on Argentinian composers and musicians to be included in the Dictionary of Spanish and Hispano-American Music, a project sponsored by the National Institute of Dramatic Arts and Music and to be published in Spain in collaboration with the International Society of Musicologists. She is a founding member of the Argentine Association of Musicology and from 1979-1980 was a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Music at the Escuela de Artes de la Universidad de La Plata.
  • HOMAGE TO TWO ARGENTINIAN COMPOSERS: ROBERTO CAAMAÑO (1923-1993) AND RODOLFO ARIZAGA (1926-1985). Presented in two lectures by Graciela Clara Rasini (Argentina), Visiting Professor, at the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music on the campus of The Catholic University of America.
  • DR. ROBERT STEVENSON, MUSICOLOGIST presented a lecture "Latin America, Winner or Loser at the 1998 American Musicological Society's National Meeting" at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music on the campus of The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Wednesday, November 4.
  • The PAN-AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Sergio Buslje, Music Director, presented a program of authentic Argentine tangos entitled "Todo Tango" featuring Raul Jaurena, bandoneonist, Marga Mitchell, vocalist, and four professional dancers October 30, 1998 at The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. Ticket information for future concerts, call 202-884-9008.
  • PREMIERE. "El Caballero de la Triste Figura," for contrabass solo, by the Argentinian composer Juan María Solare was premiered at the Escuela Superior de Música de Stuttgart the October 29, 1998. The work is dedicated to the Spanish composer Cristóbal Halffter.
  • WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Julius P. Williams, Acting Music Director. In a concert "Salute to Colombia" the orchestra gave the United States premiere of Aires Sinfonicos Colombianos by Blas Emilio Atehortúa. October 27, 1998. Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.
  • PREMIO VILLA MADRID. Dr. Daniel Luzko (Paraguay), who received his D.M.A. in composition from The Catholic University of America in 1997, has been selected to represent his country with his Concierto para Piano y Orquesta at the Premio Villa Madrid, Area de Composición Musical, Departamento de Gestion de Centros y Actividades Culturales.
  • TWENTIETH PANORAMA OF BRAZILIAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC. The School of Music of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro organized the XX Panorama da Música Brasileira Atual (Twentieth Panorama of Brazilian Contemporary Music) held from October 16-22, 1998 at Leopoldo Miguez Concert hall. The Panorama traditionally featured pieces from emergent talents besides the works of our most eminent composers. This year's edition held a special meaning as the twentieth anniversary of the event and its importance in promoting Brazilian Music. Four major composers were honored: Edino Krieger and Mario Tavares, for their seventieth birthday; Ronaldo Miranda and David Korenchendler, for their fiftieth birthday. The program committee included composers Marisa Rezende, Ronaldo Miranda, Rodolfo Caesar and João Guilherme Ripper (chairperson). The concerts included symphonic, chamber, and electronic works from all trends in Brazilian Music.
  • On June 25 and July 2 two concerts took place at the Sala Blas Galindo of the Centro Nacional de las Artes. The concerts premiered works by the students of the Workshop on Composition headed by the renowned Mexican composer Mario Lavista. The ten young composers represented were: Alexis Aranda, Laura Corona, Marcelo Gaete, Alfredo Gómez, Alejandra Hernández, Felipe de Jesús, Alejandra Odgers, Gabriel Pareyón, Israel Sánchez, and Rodrigo Sigal. Their works represent a wide variety of styles and instrumentations, as noted by the participating performing groups "Silvestre Revueltas" Brass Quintet; the Grupo Onix Nuevo Ensamble de México; Cuarteto de Querdas Ruso-Americano; as well as by guitarists, flutist, oboist, clarinetist, harpist, pianist, and vocalist in solo and ensemble performance of the works premiered.
  • 1998 LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN FELLOWS: JOHN SIMON GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION Congratulations to Piotr Nawrot (Bolivia), 1998 recipient in Music Research and Ethnomusicology, subject: Native Influence on Baroque Music in the Jesuit Missions of Bolivia. Piotr Nawrot is Professor of Musicology and of Gregorian Chant at the National Conservatory of Music, La Paz.
  • HOMAGE TO CARLOS CHAVEZ, ALBERTO GINASTERA, AND HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS. During the Spring semester 1998, through the course Twentieth Century Latin American Music offered in the LAMC, research papers on the life and works of Chávez (Mexico), Ginastera (Argentina), and Villa-Lobos (Brazil) have been done by the students of the class.
  • Miriam Teie (Peru). Works of Carlos Chávez: Cantos mexicanos, Sonata Fantasía for piano, Second Sonata and Third Sonata for piano, Extase (piano arrangement), Sonatina for violin and piano, Energia, for nine instruments, Los Cuatro Soles, for female choir and orchestra, Symphonies No. 1 "Antigona," No. 2 "India," Nos. 3-6, Obertura Republicana (Chapultepec), Xochipilli for orchestra, Toccata and Tambuco for percussion instruments, Suite for double quartet (from The Daugheter of Colchis), Concerto for violin and orchestra, Soli III for small wind ensemble, and Elatio for orchestra.
  • Vera Vianna (Brazil). Works of Villa-Lobos: Choros Nos 1 and 2; Bachianas Brasileiras Nos 1, 3, and 5; Concerto for guitar; Concerto for violoncello; Symphonic Poem: Iurapuru; Sexteto Místico; Quartet No. 17; Danças Características Africanas; Prole de bebê, Nos. 1 and 2; A Missa de Sao Sebastiao.
  • Alejandro Muzio (Uruguay). Works by twentieth century Uruguayan composers: Triste No. 2 by Eduardo Fabini; Tamboriles for piano by Luis Cluzeau-Mortet; Toccata for orchestra by Hector Tosar; Concierto for bassoon and orchestra by Jaurés Lamarque Pons; Siciliana by Pedro Ipuche Riva; Preludios Americanos by Abel Carlevaro; and Tango Nostálgico No. 1 by René Marino Rivero.
  • Susan Oetgen (U.S.A.). Works of Ginastera: Canciones, Op. 2; Cinco canciones populares argentinas, op. 10, Malambo for piano,op. 7; String Quartets No. 1, op. 20 and No. 3, op. 40; Piano Sonata No. 1, op. 22; and Cantata para América Mágica.
  • MUSICA APERTA WASHINGTON, a new chamber orchestra under the direction of Angel Gil Ordóñez, presented its first concert Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at 8:30 P.M. in the Hall of the Americas at the Organization of American States, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. The program included Impresiones de la Puna by Alberto Ginastera, Aria by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and the 1915 version of El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla, with mezzosoprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera.
  • FIRST SPANISH VOLUME OF THE REPERTOIRE INTERNATIONAL DE LA PRESSE MUSICALE: The Répertoire international de la presse musicale (RIPM), which functions under the auspices of the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries, has published its first Spanish volume in the form of an analytical catalogue and index of the journal La Música ilustrada Hispano-Americana (Barcelona, 1898-1902). Musicologists Esperanza Berrocal, Ph.D. candidate at The Catholic University of America, and Professor Jacinto Torres Mulas, head of musicology at the Escuela Superior de Canto, Madrid, and Professor of Musical Documentation at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, have respectively prepared and edited this volume, the first of several dedicated to the Spanish nineteenth-century music press. The volume has received very positive reviews for the importance of the Spanish contribution to this ongoing internationally coordinated editorial initiative. For information and requisitions, contact: Business Manager, Center for Studies in Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Maryland at College Park, 7651, College Park, Maryland. E-mail:
  • TRANSCRIPTIONS OF TWO SACRED WORKS OF FRANCISCO MANOEL DA SILVA: The LAMC received transcriptions of two sacred compositions by Francisco Manoel da Silva (1795-1865): Matins for the Holy Spirit and Litany No. 1. These are among the earliest modern editions of large-scale works by the renowned composer of the Brazilian national anthem. The editor, Marcelo Campos Hazan HAZAN55@YAHOO.COMhas received his Ph.D. in Musicology from The Catholic University of America. Dr. Hazan has forthcoming articles in the Greenwood Dictionary of Latin American Composers and the Revista Brasileira de Música.
  • COMPOSER DANTE GRELA (Argentina) was invited to El Salvador for the annual Festival de Música Contemporánea, organized by Germán Cáceres, composer and director of the National Orchestra of El Salvador. Maestro Grela's work, Calaidoscopio for orchestra, was performed at the Festival. In March 1998, Dante Grela was invited to New York for the Festival "Sonidos de la Américas: Argentina," organized by the American Composers Orchestra, at which his work Constelaciones for piano and percussion was performed.
  • MEXICAN ARTISTS Carlos Prieto, cello and Edison Quintana, piano, presented a concert at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. January 28, 1998 in a program which included works by the Mexican composers Mario Lavista and Federico Ibarra, as well as by Johann Sebastian Bach and Dimitri Shostakovich. As an encore these outstanding musicans performed Le Grand Tango of Astor Piazzolla. Both the Tres Danzas Seculares of Mario Lavista and the Sonata of Federico Ibarra were dedicated to Carlos Prieto and received their Washington premiere at this very successful concert.
  • BRAZILIAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FROM POP INTO CLASSICS, a lecture presented by Dr. João Ripper (Brazil), sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. The lecture included discussion and recorded examples of works by Brazilian composers Edino Krieger, Marisa Rezende, Camargo Guarnieri, Caio Senna, Nestor de Hollanda Cavalcanti, João Ripper, among others.
  • CONTEMPORARY MUSIC OF BOLIVIA, a lecture presented by Dr. Nicolás Suárez (Bolivia). Dr. Suárez donated to the LAMC a number of original scores of contemporary Bolivian composers.