Hola y feliz viernes a tod@s! Esta semana los invito a conocer a Rubén Rengel, un joven violinista venezolano. Me tocó la suerte de escucharlo por primera vez en el museo de bellas artes en Houston la semana pasada. Dio un breve concierto celebrando el arte de su país, que se encuentra en una exposición […]
Dear Readers, In this post, I highlight the career of Houston Ballet Principal, Karina Gonzalez. Like Gabriela Montero, the renowned pianist whom I’ve written about in the past, Karina is from Venezuela. Because I attend the ballet much less often than the symphony, I became aware of Karina through a car commercial! It seemed pretty random, but […]
Estimados lectores: Esta semana comparto con ustedes un video que resume la carrera de la joven pianista mexicana Daniela Liebman. Daniela sacó un nuevo álbum hace unos meses. Me encantó y lo escucho mucho. Incluye la siguiente Balada Mexicana escrita por el compositor Manuel Ponce. Ojalá lo disfruten!
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the Colombian conducting sensation who has imbued the Houston Symphony with new flair, started off 2017 with joyful, high-caliber performances. The distinctive interpretation of Gershwin’s An American in Paris was so vibrant and energetic, it earned an immediate standing ovation as did the performance of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. The […]
This week, I finished reading Alex Cuadros’ Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country. It is an elegantly written and thoroughly researched narrative that helps readers understand why business and politics are so difficult to bifurcate in that country. The book is digestible, compelling, and respectful of readers’ intellects. While the stories […]
Gabriela Montero, a pianist and composer renowned for her improvisations, has been vocal about her opposition to the Maduro administration in Venezuela. She has expressed her views in a variety of ways, especially artistically. The following video includes one of her musical musings on the situation in her homeland. I also enjoyed reading a recent […]