The mission of the Center for the Arts Evergreen is to promote and cultivate artistic excellence and to enrich the art experience in our mountain community. For this reason, the upcoming collaboration at the center is exceptionally poignant. The Center for the Arts has teamed up with members from the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra to present an evening of art for all the senses.
On July 31, the Center for the Arts will host the opening of its latest exhibit, “Contemporary Latino Art.” Many of the artists in this show are part of a vibrant community of artists in Denver — the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council. CHAC was founded to provide Chicano/Latino artists with a venue to explore visual and performance art and promote and preserve the Chicano/Latino culture through the expression of the arts.
On Sunday, Aug. 2, four members of the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra will perform an evening of Latin music surrounded by the work of these culturally influential artists.
The program for the evening consists of pieces by Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albeniz, who were both born in Spain. Other pieces will include the work of Alberto Ginastera, who was born in Argentina and is widely regarded as one of the most important and original South American composers of our time.
The musical highlight of the evening will include music by Astor Piazzolla, the famous Argentine tango composer and bandoneon player. Peggy Lyon, the pianist for the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, has spent years studying and arranging the work of Piazzolla.
“Not only is Peggy a talented pianist and arranger, but she is quite the entertainer,” says Betty Johnson of the ECO. “She’ll be the host that evening — providing introductions to and history about each piece. She always amazes me with the knowledge that she has of music — a lot of little-known facts about a vast range of composers.”
Other members of the Aug. 2 quartet are violinist Kathy Thayer, the ECO concertmaster, and cellists Mike Marecak and Stephen Weidner. Marecak and Weidner are part of a cello quartet called Voice of the Wood that has toured the world and, most recently, performed in public schools promoting music education.
The concert will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and the opportunity to meet the performers. Those interested in meeting the artists whose works in the Latino exhibit inspired the ECO repertoire may attend a panel discussion at the center at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.
Latin Music Soiree
Presented by the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra in conjunction with the Center for the Arts Evergreen
Sunday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Evergreen (next to Buchanan Rec Center at Highway 74 and Squaw Pass Road).
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for students. Call 303-674-0056 to reserve your tickets.
Visit www.evergreenarts.org for more information.