A co-production of CUBE and the MAVerick Ensemble and performed by members of both, “Mùsicas Latinas” is part of the 2007 Latino Music Festival and spotlights the music of women whose music incorporates the typical rhythmic complexity of Latin music but composed by women who often went for broke to be able to express themselves musically in a field dominated by men. Chiquinha Gonzaga (1847-1935), for instance, whose piano music will be performed, was disowned by her family for following her passion for music and as a composer, pianist and conductor, became an established part of the music scene in Rio de Janeiro. Other pieces to be heard are Cuban composer Tania León’s Caribbean-influenced “A la Par” for piano and percussion, Mexican composer Hilda Paredes’ “Metamorfosis” for solo guitar, revolutionary electro-acoustic composer Graciela Paraskevaídis’ “libres en el sonido presos en el sonido” for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano, Ana Lara’s “Epitafios y otras muertes” sung by Lyric Opera baritone Levi Hernandez, Marcela Pavia Argentine folk music-inspired “Solentiname” for clarinet and guitar, Adina Izarra’s “Dos minaturas medievales” for clarinet and piano and the world premiere of Brazilian composer Clarice Assad’s “Pole to Pole” for piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, percussion and string bass. The concert will close with “Capoeira Chicago,” a performance of dance and live music featuring Sharon Gopfert and dancers. (Dennis Polkow)
Sunday, November 18 at Merit School of Music’s Gottlieb Hall, 38 S. Peoria, (312)554-1133. 3pm. Free.