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An Evening with Chile
July 4, 2014   
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A host of musicians from Chile wowed an audience at Warsaw’s Cervantes Institute in the Music and Musicians from Chile concert on Thursday, June 12. The concert, which was part of the Cervantes Institute’s Chilean Month project, featured tenor Felipe Céspedes, pianist Valeria Prado, and the Polish-Chilean Ensemble Insularoj consisting of Miko³aj Szenfeld (guitar), Joanna Tic-Ramos (transverse flute) and Christian Ramos (piano).

The musicians delivered a well-balanced mixture of South American and European tunes. Céspedes’ striking vocal energy in performing an excerpt from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville contrasted well with gentle melodies from Polish composer Mieczys³aw Kar³owicz’s The Girl with Raspberry Lips and with the lyrical parts from Bella Enamorada (Beautiful Woman in Love). The latter was a piece of zarzuela—a Spanish lyrical/dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes—by Soutullo and Vert. Valeria Prado’s interpretation of Villa-Lobos’ enchanting Brasilian Soul was a prelude to IVUT, a slow and meditative piece by young Chilean composer Gabriel Gálvez. In this beautiful piece, Prado played the keys with one hand and stroked the strings of the piano with the other. This delicate mixture created a contemplative atmosphere in which the music seemed to evaporate into space.

But the most significant part of this extraordinary evening was the warm bond and intertwined playing of the musicians. Joanna Tic-Ramos played tango music with Miko³aj Szenfeld, and then performed Sergio Berchenkos’ To Give and Receive is the Same together with Christian Ramos. Here the flute and piano seemed entangled in an amorous and enticing game of hide and seek, highlighting the emotional appeal of the evening.

Lorne Carl Liesenfeld
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