Sun, Jun 25 / 1:30pm doors - 2:30pm show

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Sunday, June 25, 2:30pm

Ballard Civic Orchestra presents
Espactacular Concerto


On June 25 at 2:30pm Ballard Civic Orchestra and the Friends of Columbia City Theater will present a concert to benefit the Columbia City Theate. In keeping with its concert series theme of  "Celebrating Hispanic/Latino Cultural Heritage," BCO will present the music of Jose Pablo Moncayo and Manuel M. Ponce, two of Mexico's most famous composers.
The year 1947 marked the worldwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra who wrote the famous Don Quixote de la Mancha. The program music entitled Homenaje a Cervantes (Homage for Cervantes) was a gift to celebrate his birth and especially significant in Mexico because at this time there was a very active community of Spaniards living as refugees from the civil war in Spain. The piece represents one of the ideals to which the exiled Spanish composers aspired: the creation and evocation of a Hispanic identity.

One of the most important composers in the history of the Americas, Manuel M. Ponce armed himself with inspiration derived from the folklore of his people in the struggle for the future musical independence of Mexico. Estampas Nocturnas is divided in eight parts for the interpretation of the Hispanic spirit. Ponce was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, studied music in Italy and Germany, and spent part of his life exiled in Cuba. His music is magnificently constructed with extraordinary quality and elegant aesthetics. 

Counter-tenor Jose Luis Munoz will sing the aria Erbarme Dich (Have Mercy) from Bach's St. Matthew Passion.  The aria is written for chamber orchestra and a solo violin part which will be played by Mr. Benson.

Concertmaster Teo Benson will also perform Bach's violin Concerto in A minor. Bach wrote two traditional violin concertos, one in A minor and one in E major. They've both have memorable melodies. Listeners can hear how the concertos prefigure the more traditional concerto sound that developed in the following century. In the three movements (Allegro, Andante, and Allegro Assai) of the popular Concerto in A minor, the solo violin melody completely takes over after the introduction. It is said that Bach meant for this piece to feature the versatility of the violin. 


Homenaje a Cervantes…………………………….Jose Pablo Moncayo

Concerto I for Violin………………………………..Johann Sebastian Bach

San Mathew Passion, Aria……………………….Johann Sebastian Bach

Estampas Nocturnas ………………………………Manuel M. Ponce

José Luis Muñoz has been described as “a fabulous countertenor” with “amazing, powerful expression.” He has premiered and created new works and principal roles in San Francisco, LA, Seattle, and Cologne, Germany, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times. His versatility has allowed him to work with the San Francisco Baroque Opera, Mission Cultural Center & Theater Artaud in San Francisco and the Foro Cultural Coyoacanense Hugo Argüelles in Mexico among others. José Luis is the owner and Director of his own company, JLM Music Academy, where he works as a music instructor teaching voice, piano, and viola.

Teo Benson, BCO concertmaster, began playing violin at the age of five and has won scholarships and concerto competitions in Washington State and Colorado. He holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Washington where he began studying with internationally acclaimed violinist Ron Patterson. Mr. Benson is a member of the Tacoma Symphony. He has recorded and performed his original compositions as lead instrumentalist with the jazz/funk fusion band, Stop, Thief! and performs regularly with the Seattle-based, folk rock band The Crying Shame. Mr. Benson has also performed as soloist in Guadalajara, Mexico. As a teaching artist, Mr. Benson directs the Halcyon Music School in Ballard where he maintains a full studio of students.