Mexican Classical Music Comes to Toronto

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Where: Windermere United Church
356 Windermere Ave., Toronto.
Tickets: $25.00

An evening of Mexican and international chamber music, combined with visual arts. Duo Luna, featuring violinist Paulina Derbez and pianist Araceli Salazar, will be featuring works by classical Mexican composers such as Manuel M. Ponce, Federico Ibarra, Silvestre Revueltas and Alexis Aranda. Also featured will be Cesar Franck’s Sonata and Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Part, with the visual accompaniment of digital artist Jaime Luján.

The three Mexican artists have already presented this concert at the Autonomous University of Puebla in Mexico, and this will be their debut in Canada, where they will be giving concerts in Toronto and Ottawa, in addition to a performance at the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City.

Paulina Derbez and Araceli Salazar studied together at the Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli in Mexico City, and last year gave their first presentations in Mexico as Duo Luna.

The visual artist Jaime Luján creates art live on his iPad, and collaborated with Derbez on the interactive e-book Depictions of a Concert, launched at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara in 2013.

Derbez, who lives in Toronto, has performed at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico and Koerner Hall in Toronto, in addition to performances in Italy, Switzerland, Colombia, and Japan. Salazar has given recitals at Mexico’s main concert venues, and in Caracas, Venezuela, and also participated with the Goldberg Trio and the Russia Quartet on the radio program “Opus 94”.

Paisajes Sonoros will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on November 5 at Windermere United Church, in Toronto; on November 9 at Bloomingdale School of Music, by invitation from New York’s Mexican Cultural Institute, and on November 12 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The concert will feature the worldwide premiere of a piece for violin and piano by Alexis Aranda, titled “Romanza”.

This concert is an initiative of the México Contemporáneo Foundation, a non-profit organization and an ambitious forum for musical exchange, based in Toronto, bringing together Mexican artists and academics living in Canada or Mexico. The Foundation began in 2015 under the umbrella of the Mexican Talent Network with support from the Mexican Consulate in Toronto, but as of June 2016 it was incorporated as a non-profit organization under its own name.

The main objective of the Foundation is to promote Mexican artistic and cultural expression around the world and particularly in Canada. The Foundation has plans to promote artistic expression in the fields of literature, photography, chamber music and visual arts, in order for people to learn more about Mexico and its culture.

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