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This show closed on March 10, 2020

About Aperio

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

Run Time

2hr 0min (Inc. Intermission)

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Recommended for all ages.

[Kernis] has a great deal of fun quoting other composers - everyone from Bruckner to Chopin - but no matter how absurd it all seems, Kernis is saying that the right combination of familiar ingredients give rise to the most wonderfully unfamiliar stews.
Tango presents, with both musical and verbal humor, the triumph of sensuality and frivolity over clerical pomposity. It is a light-hearted piece by a very serious composer and, as such, may well prove to be one of the treasures of our time.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Sterling Stage at Stages Repertory Theatre

3201 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX 77019

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