For immediate release, Feb. 1, 2012


We’re excited to be presenting our first program of chamber music with live dance–and the combination is natural when it comes to the Tango, the urban folk dance that inspired many of Argentina’s finest popular and classical composers.

On Feb. 10 and 12, our musicians will be joined by Armando Orzuza and Nuria Martinez, two internationally known artists who will dance authentic Argentine Tangos, richly improvised, to music by Horacio Salgan and Astor Piazzolla.

Orzuza was born in La Boca, the Buenos Aires barrio where Tango originated, and was taught by some of its original masters. He danced in the “Tango Pasión” revue on Broadway in 1993, winning praise from the New York Times for “moving with ambling urgency but also silky smoothness.” He stayed on in the U.S., to perform in shows and films (he has worked with Madonna and Julio Iglesias, and was the featured dancer in Robert Duvall’s 2003 film, “Assassination Tango”). He has also been a force as a teacher and performer in the Tango revivals in the U.S. and Europe.

Nuria Martinez, from Spain, was trained in ballet and modern dance at the National Academy in Madrid before learning Tango and becoming Orzuza’s partner. To his suave traditional steps she brings the clean, elegant line of her classical training. The combination sizzles. You can learn more about them at their website.

The Orzuza-Martinez duo are only one highlight of the program, to be performed Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 pm, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley, and on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m., at Wistariahurst, in Holyoke. Soprano Junko Watanabe and an orchestra of 10 UMASS cellos, led by Astrid Schween, will repeat the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ most famous composition, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, which they performed with great success last year.

In addition, pianist Estela Olevsky and Astrid Schween, cellist, admired performers with a deep affinity for Latin music, will perform solo and duo works by Piazzolla. We are also eager to welcome the splendid guitar-and-flute partnership, Duo Fusión (Joe Belmont, guitar, and Sarah Swersey, flute), who will perform Mexican composer M. Pujol’s delightful “Suite Buenos Aires.”

Tickets are $20 at the door. Students are admitted free. Reservations are recommended for the Wistariahurst concert at (413)322-5660.



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