Friday, January 13, 2012 'Danzas and Arias,' Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Afro-British Composer, and Arturo Marquez, Mexican composer

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor]

San Francisco Classical Voice
"Danzas and Arias” - featuring music of African British composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor & Mexican composer, Arturo Marquez
Oakland Public Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra
The Oakland Public Conservatory of Music presents “Danzas and Arias,” a free concert of multicultural orchestral music performed by the OPC Symphony Orchestra. The concert will also feature arias from selected operas performed by Bay Area vocal artists, Michelle Jacques, Brenda Usher-Carpino, and Gustavo Hernandez.

Danzas and Arias” features compositions by Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Arturo Márquez, Manuel de Falla, C. W. von Gluck, and Georges Bizet. Michelle Jacques performs the “Habanera” from Bizet’s opera, Carmen; Brenda Usher-Carpino performs “Divinités du Styx” from Gluck’s opera, Alceste; Gustavo Hernandez performs "On away! Awake, beloved!" from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s cantata, Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast. The orchestra will perform Coleridge-Taylor’s, Danse Negre from African Suite, inspired by a Paul Lawrence Dunbar poem; and Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, which Márquez dedicated to his daughter, Lily, and was first performed in 1994 in Mexico City. Also included on the program are two fiery flamenco dances, the Farruca and the Fandango, from Manuel de Falla’s opera, El Sombrero de Tres Picos (The Three-Cornered Hat).

The OPC Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to performing orchestral works of African American and other under-heard composers. It provides opportunities for musicians to explore, engage, and experience these compositions, while nurturing an appreciation for the cultural significance of these works and their performance in the community. Please support the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music and its Bay Area Musical Artists by joining us for this exciting Concert! No admission. For more information about OPC and its programs visit
  • Venue: Plymouth United Church of Christ
  • Date: Sun January 29, 2012 4:00pm
  • City: Oakland CA 94611
  • Price Range: free
  • Tickets: (510) 836-4649
[SamuelColeridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is featured at He died Sept. 1, 1912 so the Centennial of his death is in 2012. Major observances are being planned by organizations including the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation,

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