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Ballet Tucson Presents “Rhythms of the Americas” at the Tucson Desert Song Festival
February 5, 2016 @ 8:00 am - February 7, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Continuing to celebrate its 30th “Pearl” Anniversary, Ballet Tucson, in collaboration with the Tucson Guitar Society, presents “Rhythms of the Americas” at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, February 5-7. The evening features a premiere of Mosaico, with choreography by company Ballet Master Daniel Precup, to guitar and voice. Guest guitarist Adam del Monte and baritone Bernardo Bermudez join the company in this work as part of the Tucson Desert Song Festival, which features major performing arts organizations in Tucson. Also featured is Pasion Argentina (Argentina Passion), choreographed by Assistant Artistic Director Chieko Imada, for the husband and wife team of Precup and Jenna Johnson.
Other works on the program are Bailes de Noches (Night Dances), choreographed by Founding Artistic Director Mary Beth Cabana, and Bossa Nova Ville, choreographed by Imada. Bailes de Noches features flamenco and flamenco-style ballet and jazz. A traditional “sevillanas” moves into a more contemporary take on the dance and music. This is an energetic work that makes novel use of four wooden Spanish chairs to convey various aspects of the ballet. Bossa Nova Ville brings this well-known music style to the trials and travails of everyday life—comedy, passion, frustration, and resolution take place in one evening in a cocktail lounge in the 1960s.
Guest artist Adam del Monte is one of the leading flamenco and classical guitarists of his generation, incorporating a variety of styles and genres. He lived and studied with the gypsies of Sacromonte in Granada, Spain and later in Madrid. In 1997 he was awarded first prize in the prestigious Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition. He has written a guitar concerto performed throughout the world, including Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. He has also recorded a number of albums.
Joining del Monte is guest baritone Bernardo Bermudez, who was born in Venezuela and first studied at the Conservatory of Music in Caracas. The lyric baritone has performed lead roles in such operas at Carmen, the Marriage of Figaro, and the Magic Flute. He has been awarded a number of prestigious scholarships and competitions, including First Place in the AEIOU, 39th Annual Opera Scholarship and Competition.
In Mosiaco, Precup will use the music played by del Monte and Bemudez to create a mosaic of personal and community events to a variety of latin music styles. The contemporary movements will express a variety of timeless themes, pieces of color, and fragments of life.
Julia Pernet, President of the Tucson Guitar Society, notes that is was their second collaboration with Ballet Tucson: “The Tucson Guitar Society is delighted at the opportunities given us by the Tucson Desert Song Festival to engage in this sort of artistic endeavor. Our first joint effort with Ballet Tucson was a new musical, ‘Passionately Piazzolla,’ written by Harry Clark of Chamber Music Plus, and a great success! The Tucson Guitar Society is delighted to bring in an outstanding guitarist, Adam del Monte, and a wonderful young baritone to complete the ensemble to work with the ballet’s choreographers and dancers. I think we will have a terrific show for our audiences this February!”
Ticket prices range from $40 to $30. Tickets will be on sale December 2 at brownpapertickets.com or over the phone at (800) 838-3006.
About Ballet Tucson
Established in 1986, Ballet Tucson is Southern Arizona’s only professional ballet company. It is dedicated to enriching the greater Tucson community through exemplary dance performances, outreach, and education. For more information visit ballettucson.org.
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