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From Tango to Mambo


From Tango to Mambo

  • Date: Saturday, 16 May 2015, 8pm
  • Venue: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre — 597 High St, Penrith, NSW
  • Tickets: $35/$30 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 4723 7600

Event Details

Latin American music specialist, Daniel Rojas and acclaimed young pianist, Zubin Kanga, team up for a program full of passion, rhythm and colour.

Gershwin’s Cuban Overture is full of Latin verve and memorable melodies. Two works by Tango-master, Astor Piazzolla – Libertango and Le Grand Tango – showcase the many facets of this sensuous dance, from slow and brooding to fast and passionate. Rojas’s new work, La Gran Salsa, is his own tribute to Piazzolla as well as to the high energy Afro-Cuban dance – featuring duelling virtuosity between the pianos. Finally, the suite from Leonard Bernstein’s beloved West Side Story showcases the most famous moments from the musical, including ‘Somewhere’, ‘Cool’ and the raucous ‘Mambo’, as you’ve never heard it before, in a new arrangement by both pianists!

London-based Australian pianist, Zubin Kanga is internationally renowned for his performances of contemporary music at prestigious events and venues around the world including the BBC Proms and several international festivals, as well as appearing as soloist with the London Sinfonietta, the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.

Daniel Rojas is a Chilean-born Australian concert pianist and highly acclaimed composer who specialises in the rich and vibrant Latin American musical aesthetic. Rojas’ interest in the music of various cultures has lead him to perform with classical and world music ensembles worldwide (such as Jacana, Tigramuna and the Great Bowing Company) as well as solo concerts in Australia, Asia, and South America.

Featured non-Australian music: Gershwin, Piazzolla, Bernstein

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Brother : piano duo by Daniel Rojas — World premiere
La Gran Salsa : piano duo by Daniel Rojas — World premiere

Featured artists

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