Aperio, Music of the Americas Presents: Tangos & Provocations
Aperio, Music of the Americas, in partnership with Stages Repertory Theatre, presents "Tangos & Provocations." Enjoy an evening of entertaining and irreverent contemporary works for chamber music ensemble and actors, featuring music by American composers Aaron Jay Kernis and Robert Xavier Rodriguez.
Kernis’ "The Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine" is an outrageous musical setting of Italian artist F.T. Marinetti's "cookbook" cum artistic manifesto. In his texts, Marinetti seems to be asking, "What should our gleamingly efficient new art taste like?" The result is brilliantly surreal—a synesthetic banquet, if you will. Kernis leaps into the fray with both feet, composing music that is at times fiery, at times tender, but never far from nose-thumbing mockery. - Raymond Tuttle, Classical.net
Rodriguez compiled the text for his comic one-act opera "Tango!" (1985) for tenor and chamber ensemble from news clippings, letters and sermons from the height of the tango craze (1913–14). The central role, performed by tenor Tony Boutté, hilariously explores roles from tango dancers to radio newscasters and religious prelates, while chronicling social mores surrounding the dance. - Wayne Lee Gay, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
• Kernis - "Le Quattro Stagioni dalla Cucina Futurismo" ("The Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine") for narrator, violin, cello, and piano
• Rodriguez - "Tango!" for tenor and chamber ensemble
2hr 0min (Inc. Intermission)
Recommended for all ages.