For release, Feb. 9, 2013 — Contact: David Perkins, 413-634-5716


Armando Orzuza and Nuria Martinez, two internationally recognized artists, will dance authentic Argentine Tangos, richly improvised, to music by Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla and Kurt Weill in Wistaria Chamber Music Society’s  forthcoming “Cafe” concerts in Greenfield and Brattleboro, VT.

Returning to Wistaria’s series for a second year, they join a diverse assembly of classical musicians  in a rich and varied program of South American music.

In addition, Mr. Orzuza and Ms. Martinez will lead a class-demonstration on the Tango one hour before each performance for dancers of all levels and observers.

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 concert tickets are $20 at the door. The fee for the class-demonstration is $5 with the purchase of a concert ticket, and $20 for the class only. Reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, please call 413-634-5716.  (Please indicate which performance and whether you are interested in attending or participating in the class-demonstration.)

For details of the program, bios of the performers, and directions to venues, please visit our website at

“Café Buenos Aires” will recreate the atmosphere of a nightclub in the La Boca district of the Argentine capital, with guests seated at café tables as Tango dancers step into the spotlight.  Among the performers are Estela Olevsky, piano, Astrid Schween, ’cello, soprano Junko Watanabe, mezzo-soprano Eileen Ruby, baritone David Perkins, Dúo Fusión (Sarah Swersey, flute, and Joe Belmont, guitar), and the UMASS Cello Ensemble, directed by Ms. Schween.


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