Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society presents Flautistico!
Can't wait for our summer festival? Come to Flautistico! Friday, March 20, at 8:00 p.m. in Promenade Hall at Overture Center. All tickets are $25.
Flautistico! is a continuation of artistic director Stephanie Jutt's exploration into Latin American, Mexican and Spanish music.
This one-time-only concert will feature music from Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, and Spain that has never been performed at BDDS concerts. Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano Yanzelmalee Rivera, Venezuelan clarinetist Orlando Pimentel, and Madison's own fantastic collaborative pianist Thomas Kasdorf will join Stephanie. Composers include Jesús Guirdi, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Guastavino, Angel Lasala, and Astor Piazzolla, among many others. Raquel Paraiso will weave poetry throughout the evening by Federico Garcia Lorca, Octavio Paz, Luis Borges, and Pablo Neruda. Dance choreographed by Ariel Juarez and performed by Jacques St. Cyr and Maria Castello will complelment the music of Piazzolla.
An original art installation by Carolyn Kallenborn, including her film footage from Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico, will create a multi-dimensional concert evening.
To purchase tickets from Overture Center, visit: http://www.overturecenter.org/events/flautistico
Chamber music with a bang. More bang for your Bach. What Bach would be doing if he were more fun and less dead. However you describe what we do, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society always features great music played with joy, creativity, spontaneity, and a technique that is second to none. BDDS is aimed at people who are curious, open-minded, and up for anything. People who want to have serious fun.
Artistic director and flutist Stephanie Jutt's performances of new music, transcriptions, and traditional repertoire have made her a model for adventurous flutists everywhere. Her transcriptions of Brahms sonatas were published by International Music Publishing, and an all-Brahms recording with pianist Jeffrey Sykes, Stolen Moments, was released in January 2005 on Centaur. Trained at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received undergraduate and graduate degrees, Ms. Jutt won the Concert Artist Guild and Pro Musicis International Soloist awards and received solo recitalist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Jutt has performed in recital throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. She has served as a board member and program chair for the National Flute Association. Ms. Jutt is principal flute of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. She was recently presented with the Margaret Rupp Cooper Award in honor of her years of service, commitment to the orchestra, and musicianship. Ms. Jutt is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison A recipient of a substantial grant by the Kauffmann Foundation for Entrepreneurship, she is the founder of UW-Madison Arts Enterprise, a multi-faceted initiative that enables student artists to survive and thrive in today's creative economy.
María Castello and Jacques Saint-Cyr have been collaborating since 1994, having performed in contemporary dance and tango in the US and Canada. In 1997 they created "It Takes Three to Tango," a stage production with dance and live music based on the history of Argentine Tango.
Maria E. Castello graduated from the National School of Dance in Buenos and the Contemporary Dance School of Teatro Municipal San Martin, both in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a Medical Degree from the University of Buenos Aires. She is a Laban/Bartenieff Analyst of movement (CMA) and has a Master Degree in teaching with an endorsement in Bilingual Education. She has been a dancer, choreographer and teacher for more than 30 years and has worked in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and the United States. From 1996 to 2004 Maria led the School of Rockford Dance Company as the first full time school director. In 2001 Maria received a Finalist Award in choreography from the Illinois Arts Council. In 2002 she was honored with the Hispanic Heritage Award, given by La Voz Latina for her contributions to the cultural life of the Rockford community. Currently Maria is the Artistic Director of the Without Shoes Modern Dance Company in Rockford and teaches at Lathrop Elementary School in the Bilingual Program. She is a professor of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis in the Dance Therapy Program at the University of the Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Jacques Saint-Cyr obtained a B.A. in Music Education from University of Quebec in Montreal and a M.A. in flute performance from the University of Montreal under the direction of Lise Daoust. A two-time recipient of a grant from the French Government, Jacques Saint-Cyr studied in Paris with Mr. Raymond Guiot and the baroque flute with Jean-Christoph Frish. Winner of the New Brunswick Music Festival, Jacques Saint-Cyr has performed extensively in his home province as well in Quebec, France and the United States. He became involved with Tango in 1993. From 1996 to 2003, Jacques Saint-Cyr taught, choreographed and performed at La Tangueria in Montreal, one of the first and most renowned schools dedicated to Argentine tango. Jacques has worked as a guest teacher in many cities across North America including Quebec, Chicoutimi, Ottawa, Washington, and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. With Maria, he is teaching tango now in Madison, and Milwaukee and Rockford, IL. Jacques teaches flute and music at Rock Valley College and the Rockford University and Music Academy.
Ariel Juarez, a native of Argentina, has been dancing Latin ballroom, lyrical jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, and modern contemporary styles for 16 years. He has performed on Argentina's Broadway; as a member of Chet Walker's Fosse Company (choreographer of the Tony award-winning musical "Pippin"); and a featured dancer on Royal Caribbean Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. He has also danced and choreographed for popular TV programs including Argentina's "Dancing with the Stars," "Singing for a Dream," and "Dreaming to Dance."
Carolyn Kallenborn works with fabric and metal to create conceptual garments, sculptural pieces and wall works. Her work has been shown in Oaxaca Mexico, Beijing, China; Cheong-ju, Korea; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona; Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana; and other shows and galleries in St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta and Cambridge, Mass. In addition, her work has been featured in a number of magazines. Each year, Ms. Kallenborn spends time in Oaxaca, Mexico where she works with traditional and contemporary artists. She created directed and produced the internationally acclaimed documentary film Woven Lives which celebrates the lives of the Zapotec artisans with whom she works. For the past eight years, her artwork and sculptural installations have been inspired by her time in Oaxaca. Ms. Kallenborn joined the faculty of Design Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Fall of 2007. Before coming to Madison, she was an Assistant Professor in the Fiber Department of the Kansas City Art Institute for six years.
Thomas Kasdorf is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance, where he studied with Prof. Christopher Taylor, and where he was selected to be an inaugural member of the Perlman Piano Trio. His work with the Trio and with other instrumentalists has been featured in performances on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Live at The Midday" series. Of a recent performance with Middleton Chamber Orchestra, the Isthmus wrote "Quite avoiding the temptations to virtuosic display and showy overstatement, he treated his assignment with a gentle delicacy." He was co-winner of the Irving Shain Woodwind and Piano Duo Competition, with collaborative partner, flutist Morgann Davis and awarded the Bolz Prize of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kasdorf has worked in a variety of roles (both on and offstage) in over 100 different theatrical shows. With a specialty in Stephen Sondheim's work, he has been called upon to direct, coach, arrange, and perform reduced or solo orchestrations of Sondheim scores, including A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Putting It Together, Sweeney Todd, Side by Side by Sondheim, Into the Woods, and Company.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, clarinetist, Orlando Pimentel began his musical training in Venezuela's System of Youth Orchestras, also known as "El Sistema." From 1989 to 2009, he was a member of the Simon Boliva Symphony Orchestra. In 1988, together with three other colleagues, he formed the Caracas Clarinet Quartet, a chamber ensemble that has performed throughout Venezuela, as well as in China, Europe, South America, and The United States. In 1997 the quartet was awarded the prize for best chamber ensemble in Venezuela.
"A lush-sounding soprano" according to the New York Times, Yanzelmalee Rivera was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. When she was 16, she enrolled in the Advanced Program of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and in 2006 she was the recipient of the 2006 Metropolitan National Auditions Encouragement Award. Three years later, she received two awards for excellence in singing from the University of Illinois. Ms. Rivera has sung several title roles from operas such as Die Zauberflote, Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, La Hija de Rappaccini, Threepenny Opera, and Luisa Fernanda. Her most recent engagements include performances with the Spoleto Festival USA and with Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito, Ecuador, where she has appeared in both opera production and as a soloist of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.