poster for Art Songs from Latin America

RECITAL FEATURES RARELY HEARD LATIN AMERICAN ART SONGS

The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present guest vocalists Celia Castro and Mario Arévalo who will join UAlbany pianist Max Lifchitz in Art Songs from Latin Americaon Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus.

The program will feature songs by Alberto Ginastera and Carlos Guastavino (from Argentina); Jaime León (from Colombia); María Grever (from México); Chabuca Granda (from Perú); and Héctor Campos-Parsi and William Ortiz (from Puerto Rico). The evening will close with a performance of Rosa Divina (Heavenly Rose),a work by Max Lifchitz inspired by the poetry of the 17th century Mexican poet and scholar Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

Soprano Celia Castro is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Mannes College of Music. A winner of the NYSTA Young Artists Competition and the Clarisse Kampel Foundation Prize, she has appeared in copious opera and zarzuela productions throughout New York City, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. She has also participated in concerts sponsored by the Caramoor Festival Bel Canto.

Mario Arévalo, tenor, has been described by the press as “having a beautiful instrument, an effortless tone, and a warm Latin sound that helps to put a song across.” Trained at Purchase College and Boston University, Arévalo won the 2017 Mario Lanza and Elaine Malbin Competition. He has appeared in numerous opera productions under the auspices of New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, New Hampshire Opera, Virginia Opera and International Opera Theatre. As a recitalist he has performed in several US cities, Austria and his native country of El Salvador.

Active as pianist and composer, Max Lifchitz has appeared as soloist with among others, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Clifton Park Chamber Orchestra, México’s National Symphony Orchestra and the Neuchatel Orchestra in Switzerland. The San Francisco Chronicle described him as "a young composer of brilliant imagination and a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist" whilethe New York praised commented on his "clean, measured and sensitive performances."

This recital is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Advance tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.