Misatango: A Tango Mass from Argentina

Misatango: A Tango Mass from Argentina
Sunday, Jan 18, 2015
2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Pablo Christian Di Mario, Director
Martín Palmeri, Visiting Composer
Misa A Buenos Aires (Misatango) , Carnegie Hall Premiere
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Jennifer Lapple, Director
Flutopia
Music of Saint-Saens, Stravinsky, Kodaly and Galante
Joaquin Encinias, Director
Special Attraction: Tierra Adentro de Nuevo Mexico
Performing dances in the Flamenco and Tango styles
Krysty Swann, Mezzo-Soprano
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Participating Ensembles:

Choeur Hémiole
Choeur de l'Université du Maine
Chorale Emi'chante
Coral do Senado (Brazilian Senate Choir)
Dekanatskantorei Ried
Evangelisch reformierter Kirchenchor Lyss
Mauritiuschor Trimbach, Switzerland
Kirchenchor St. Stephan Therwil / Biel-Benken
Madrigalchor der evangelischen Trinitatisgemeinde Buer
Voces de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
The University of Southern Denmark Chamber Choir
Flutopia Wind Ensemble
Tierra Adentro de Nuevo Mexico Dance Ensemble

Choeur Hémiole

Lauréate des Conservatoires de Bordeaux et de Nancy. Entre 1993 et 2003 elle fonda et dirigea le "Choeur international de l'Alliance française" puis le "Choeur international des Nations Unies" à Houston (Texas) Auteur de nombreux livres.L'ensemble Vocal "Hémiole" fut fondé en 1990. Ayant connu 3 chefs successifs il a été repris en 2006 par M. Lhopiteau. Il est formé de 80 choristes.
From 1993-2003, founding Director Michele Lhopiteau  led the Chœur international de l'Alliance française, as well as the Chœur international des Nations Unies in Houston, Texas. Lhopiteau, author and Laureate of the Conservatoire de Bordeaux and the Conservatoire de Nancy, assumed leadership of L'ensemble Vocal "Hémiole" in 2006 in Mérignac, France. The ensemble, consisting of 80 singers, was founded in 1990.

Choeur de l'Université du Maine

Evelyn Beche
Evelyne Béché
Evelyne Béché is graduated in music education, sight-reading, chamber music, analysis, singing (with honors), and saxophone (gold medal) at the National Music School of Le Mans (France). She conducts both the choir of the University of Maine and the choir "Emichante", and is professor of vocal technique and saxophone. She created and managed for fifteen years a Music School. During two years, she was appointed by the Territorial School of Music in Nouméa (New Caledonia) where she conducted the St. Cecilia Mass by Gounod, performed with musicians and soloists of the Sidney Opera (Australia).
Created in 1987, the Choir of University of Maine (Le Mans, France), conducted by Evelyne Béché, has about one hundred singers (mainly students, university's staff, and former students). It performs with piano accompaniment (Dimitri Negrimovski) or with orchestra (Paris' brass band, local orchestra). It has a repertoire spanning music of six centuries: classical music, gospel, jazz, music of the world, pop music. It has performed abroad (Canada), in Paris, among others, and it appears each year at the prestigious abbey-church "Epau" performing choral favorites including Dixit Dominus (Haendel), Messa di Gloria (Puccini), Requiem and Armed Man Mass (Jenkins), Gloria (Rutter).

Chorale Emi'chante


Created in 1989 in the framework of the Intercommunal Music School (Saint-Calais, Sarthe, France), the choir "Emichante" has fifty singers and is conducted by Evelyne Béché since September 2005. The choir went on tour in Germany and in Belgium. From 2011, it has performed several times the Misatango by Martín Palmeri accompanied by the composer on piano and by Wolfgang Weniger on the bandoneon, then the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, and the Missa Katharina by Jacob de Haan (choir and wind ensemble). The repertoire of the choir ranges from polyphonic music of the 16th century (Monteverdi) to contemporary song.

Coral do Senado (Brazilian Senate Choir)

Glicinia Mendes
Glicínia Mendes
Glicínia Mendes - Conductor Degree in Composition and Conducting and also Degree - Music at the University of Brasilia (1985); Degree in Modern Languages - English at the Federal University of Goiás (1980). Conducted training courses in Orchestral and Choral Conducting with Conductors Gerald Kegelman (Germany), Manoel Prestamo (USA), John Pool (England) and Manuel Ivo Cruz (Portugal). Own compositions and arrangements for solo instruments, chamber music, choir and orchestra. She served at Brasília’s Music School since 1980 as music teacher and as coordinator of orchestras. Founding conductor of Brazilian Senate Choir since 1986. As a conductor she has performed throughout the country and in South America, Europe and North America.
Brazilian Senate Choir Started its activities under the regency of Glicínia Mendes in August 1996. Recorded CD's: "Canta Brazil" and "Hymns of Brazil". In July 2005 performed "Carmen" by Bizet in National Theatre as invited choir by Opera Studio (University of Brasília). Symphonic choral repertoire performed includes: "Mass in D Major" - A. Dvorak; Festival Mass - J. Leavitt; "The Messiah" - G.F. Handel; Misa to Buenos Aires: Misatango - Martín Palmeri (première in Brasília). The group has performed throughout Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Ecuador. Concerts in partnership with other choirs: "Chorus Fraternité" (with Brasília’s Madrigal; June/2007), "Christmas Concert" (with Personare: December/2009) and Misatango by Martín Palmeri -première in Brasília (with Coro Lirico – Brasília Music School: June/2011).

Dekanatskantorei Ried

Heike Ittmann
Heike Ittmann
Heike Ittmann studied Protestant church music with organ and conducting as the main subjects at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Heidelberg. In 1999 she took her A-exams with honors in the subjects organ and organ improvisation. She continued her studies with an artistic postgraduate class of Prof. Johannes Geffert at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Aside from that she attented master classes of internationally well reknowned organists and conductors, among others Jean Boyer, Ewald Kooiman, Jon Laukvik and Ludger Lohmann. Since January 2003 Heike Ittmann has been cantor of Lampertheim, conductor of the Dekanatskantorei Ried and organist at the local Protestant cathedral. The artist plays soloist organ recitals and regularly conducts great concerts with her choir. Heike Ittmann's artistic profile features premiere performances of contemporary compositions as well as recordings for broadcasting network services, which has made her artistry known to a broad audience in Europe.
The Dekanatskantorei Ried is located in Lampertheim, Germany. It consists of about 60 talented singers. The versatility of the ensemble has been demonstrated over years by concerts focusing on a wide variety of eras and styles. The repertoire includes difficult a cappella works as well as great oratories from the renaissance to the present; some recent examples are Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Elias, Duke Ellington's Sacred concert, Renaissance Madrigals and Motets of contemporary composers. In May of 2014 the Dekantskantorei Ried performed Martin Palmeri’s Missa Tango. Two to three concerts are performed each year and frequently The choir has a large community of fans and receives high attention in the regional press.

Evangelisch reformierter Kirchenchor Lyss

Kordula Gisler
Kordula Gisler
Kordula Gisler was born in 1965 in Immensee. She did her teaching and concert diploma for piano at the conservatory in Biel with Katharina Krebs and Rada Petkova. She studied organ and singing as a subsidiary subject. She studied further in Lausanne with Christian Favre and in Lucerne with Hubert Harry.
At the academy of music in Zurich she obtained her diploma as a choirmaster with Stephan Klarer. There followed various further education courses including singing and voice production with Barbara Erni.
Since 2007 she has been  the director of the Evangelical reformed church choir in Lyss. Previously she had different long-standing engagements with various choirs.
She also works as a piano teacher, a chamber musician, a cantor and an organist.
 
The Evangelical reformed church choir Lyss  was founded in 1987. The initiative for this was the singing together of different styles of church hymns as an expression of joy and praising God. In spring 1998 we formed an association.
Our strong point is performing various types of concerts and singing in church services. We produced performances such as songs and spirituals from Africa and America, gospels, classical works from Vivaldi, Bach, Bianchi, Mozart, Rossini, orthodox hymns, South American masses and others. It is now a tradition to have an open advent and carol singing in the church. Together with the congregation we get in the mood for Christmas.
As well as singing we appreciate the social aspect of being together, for example, Christmas party, barbecue in summer, choir weekends, choir trips, etc. 
 

Mauritiuschor Trimbach, Switzerland

Reiner Schneider-Waterberg
Reiner Schneider-Waterberg
Reiner Schneider-Waterberg was born in Namibia. He first studied economics, mathematics and classical languages at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and was subsequently awarded a scholarship to Cambridge, UK, to study International Relations. There he sang in the Trinity College Choir. He then studied singing at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. In 2003 he joined the vocal ensemble Singer Pur that has performed in over 50 countries. He conducts two church choirs, a children’s choir, a male choir and an old age settlement singing group, and coaches a youth club at the Theatre Basel.
The church choir Mauritiuschor Trimbach, Switzerland exists since more than 100 years to enrich and celebrate divine services. During the last 15 years the group of about 30-50 members - between 16 and 85 years old - performed every year one or two concerts with diversified program: classical, world music, jazz, traditional and tango music.

Kirchenchor St. Stephan Therwil / Biel-Benken

Reiner Schneider Waterberg
Reiner Schneider-Waterberg
The choir St. Stephan was founded more than 100 years ago. As written in the constitution of the choir, the main purpose of the choir is to support services with sacred music. The choir is open to everybody and, with the exception of the choir director, consists of amateur singers. In recent years, under the direction of Reiner Schneider-Waterberg, the repertoire of the choir St. Stephan began to  grown in line with its size: the music of Heinrich Schütz, John Rutter, Antonio Vivaldi, Claudia Monteverdi, as well as a Gospel Mass from Robert Ray, or the Sacred Concert of Duke Ellington made a varied program. Highlights were Messiah of G. F. Händel and Psalm 42 of F. Mendelson. In 2014, Martin Palmeri is after his Misa Tango the second time responsible for a highlight in Therwil Switzerland, the world premiere of “Tango Gloria”.
Reiner was born in Namibia. He first studied economics, mathematics and classical languages at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and was subsequently awarded a scholarship to Cambridge, UK, to study International Relations. There he sang in the Trinity College Choir. He then studied singing at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. In 2003 he joined the vocal ensemble Singer Pur that has performed in over 50 countries. He conducts two church choirs, a children’s choir, a male choir and an old age settlement singing group, and coaches a youth club at the Theatre Basel.

Madrigalchor der evangelischen Trinitatisgemeinde Buer

Martina Wronski
Martina Wronski
The Madrigal Choir was founded in 1976 by Michael Sölter, who directed it until 2006. During this time, the choir sang many great works of sacred music such as the Johannes Passion by JS Bach and The Creation of J. Haydn, and made a name for themselves in Gelsenkirchen. Since 2006, the choir has been directed by Martina Wronski. It is her desire to show that in every century, varying styles of valuable and beautiful music can be found. The choir's repertoire has thus changed quite a bit. There are works such as the Requiem by Duruflé, a capella music such as Herr, lass meine Klage by Johann Hermann Schein or O Magnum Mysterium by Lauridsen, as well as the Misa a Buenos Aires which was studied and made into a quality piece of work by Palmeri.
A concert tour to Newcastle, England, and a guest concert for the Misa Tango a Buenos Aires in the Christ Church of Recklinghausen were particular highlights for the choir. But an important part of the choir is also community work. The Madrigal Choir sings on many occasions and holidays in the Church of the Apostles in Gelsenkirchen.
Martina Wronski had always been connected to music since childhood, but it took many years for her to decide to make it a professional career. After graduating in 1976, she trained as a veterinary technical assistant and worked in this profession for a few years before having children. From 1981 to 1998, she was devoted to her family and raising her three children.
However, even during this time, she always found time for music. Since her childhood, when she learned the accordion, she was a member of the Essen Accordion Orchestra eV for 40 years. During that time, she did an apprenticeship as an accordion orchestra director and for 20 years she led the children’s and then the youth orchestra with great success, winning national and international awards.
In 1997, she discovered her love for church music and did a part-time internship as a church musician. Already back then, she worked part-time in a church community. She loved this work so much that, in 2002 she decided to venture into church music studies. In 2006, Martina successfully completed her studies as a graduate church musician at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf.
Since then, Martina has been employed full-time in the "Evangelischen Trinitatiskirchengemeinde Buer (Trinity Evangelical Church of Buer)", leads two children’s choirs, a youth choir and the Madrigal Choir, and is responsible for the church music of the church.

Voces de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

This chamber ensemble is integrated by choristers from different choirs that are led by the Director Martin Palmeri in Buenos Aires (Choirs of Vicente Lopez, Faculty of Law, Esclavas Sagrado Corazón School and Argentina Modelo School). These choirs have been dedicated to interpreting compositions from different periods and styles, both "a capella" and as “choral symphony”, accompanied by qualified orchestras. All its members have performed his Misa a Buenos Aires on several occasions since its premiere in 1996, not only in Buenos Aires (churches, theaters, Golden Hall of the Teatro Colón, National Radio), but also abroad (Utrecht -Netherlands- and Milan -Italy-).

The University of Southern Denmark Chamber Choir

Saul Zaks
Saul Zaks
Saul Zaks has been a conductor of the Jerusalem Kaprizma Ensemble for Contemporary Music and the Jerusalem Academy of Music Ensemble for Contemporary Music and a Guest conductor for The Danish Radio Choir. A Lecturer at the Musicology Institute, University of Copenhagen and at the Danish National Academy of Music, he is also the founder and conductor of the University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra.
Zaks is a guest professor in choral conducting at the University of Buenos Aires, Universidad Católica de Asunción del Paraguay, Conservatorio Nacional de Bolivia, Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro and Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba. He specializes in music from Latin America and has performed with, amongst others, the composer Ariel Ramirez and the singer Mercedes Sosa.

Saul Zaks completed his conducting studies at The Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, Israel, with Prof. Mendi Rodán and received a diploma in musical theory, history of western music and conducting from the Danish National Academy of Music.
Zaks received additional conducting studies with Prof. Jorma Panula, Jin Wang and Andrew Parrott.
Recording of the month in Europe www.musicweb-international.com/.....
Nomination to Danish Grammy (P2 Prisen) www.dacapo-records.dk/.....
The University of Southern Denmark Chamber Choir has roots as far back as 1951. The choir consists of 20-30 singers devoted to the performance of choral music. The choir is regularly booked to perform at congresses, receptions, graduations, church concerts and festivals, official events and as the ambassador for the University of Southern Denmark. In 2001 the choir changed its name from Odense Universitets Lillekor to The University of Southern Denmark Chamber Choir. The choir participates in competitions, televison and disc recordings in Denmark and abroad. Saul Zaks became the conductor of the chamber choir in 2001. He is also the conductor of The University of Southern Denmarks Symphony Orchestra.

Flutopia Wind Ensemble

Jennifer Lapple
Jennifer Lapple
Jennifer Lapple is a well-known flutist and pedagogue in the Washington D.C.-Northern Virginia metro area. She has appeared as a soloist with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. and the Fairfax (VA) Symphony Orchestra, and she has performed abroad, notably in Italy with the Rome Festival Orchestra and in Luxembourg with the Echternach Festival Orchestra and the Ecole de Musique de Differdange Flute Choir. As an adjunct professor at George Mason University, Ms. Lapple teaches applied flute; conducts the university flute choir and Symphonic Band; and lectures on “The Art of Teaching Music,” an undergraduate class in music wellness. In addition, she maintains a large private studio and directs Flutopia, a prominent high school wind ensemble. She plays with several regional groups, including the Pan American Symphony, the American Pops Orchestra, and FUSE, a new music ensemble. She is also the Music Director of the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp, an annual Northern Virginia workshop in wind pedagogy for high school students and undergraduate music majors. Ms. Lapple holds degrees from Yale University (MM) and Miami University (BM) of Ohio, and she is currently working on her Doctorate in music performance and education at George Mason University. She dedicates her work to the life and memory of her mother.
FLUTOPIA WIND ENSEMBLE is comprised of high school wind players in and around Washington, DC and Northern, VA. Members of Flutopia are active in their high school bands, community youth orchestras, and area competitions. The ensemble promotes community outreach through local ensemble and chamber performances and master classes and workshops. Cumulatively, the mission of Flutopia is to promote musical excellence and dedication amongst its members through a commitment to leadership, community service and outreach, individual musical achievement, and a lifelong love and passion for music.

Tierra Adentro de Nuevo Mexico Dance Ensemble

Tierra Adentro New Mexico Dance Ensemble
Joaquin Encinias
Joaquin Encinias was born into one of the few flamenco families in America.  Encinias learned flamenco as a way of life from his grandmother Clarita and mother Eva Encinias. He began his first lessons in flamenco from his grandmother, Clarita, and joined her performance company at age five. At age twelve, he went on to become a soloist in his mother’s company.  Encinias recognized the advantages of a well-rounded dance training on went on to explore various techniques.  Ultimately, Encinias remained true to his roots and returned to flamenco.  Encinias has worked closely with world-renowned artists including Antonio Canales, Eva La Yerbabuena, Los Farrucos and Manolete. In 1999, he worked with director Debbie Allen in the production Soul Possessed, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  He has also been a featured soloist in Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque.  

His greatest contributions to flamenco can be seen by looking at both his school and his company. In 1999 The Conservatory of Flamenco Arts opened under the direction of Encinias and mother Eva.  Since that time Encinias has gone on to copy write his unique methodology, the only codified and copy-written flamenco teaching methodology in the United States.  Encinias’ company, Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company is the only professional flamenco repertory company in the United States.  As Artistic Director, Encinias has amassed a repertory of over fifteen pieces of original flamenco choreography from some of the most influential flamenco artists in the world including Juana Amaya, Isreal Galvan, La Tati, and Alejandro Granados.  Encinias’ vision for Yjastros is to preserve the beauty of traditional flamenco while imbuing it with a unique American aesthetic and energy.  

As Artistic Director of Yjastros, Encinias has been a prolific choreographer.  Encinias choreographs an average of two to three new works per year with five pieces of the current Yjastros repertory choreographed by Encinias.  Encinias has been able to redefine flamenco choreography by truly understanding flamenco movement, having an innovative and visionary use of space and demonstrating profound fluency in flamenco musical composition.  Encinias not only choreographs the movement but also arranges the music including guitar, percussion, and vocal accompaniment for each piece.  Encinias’ choreographic range is immense as his portfolio includes works influenced by esculea bolera, classical Spanish dance, and, modern dance.

In 2010, Encinias’ founded Tierra Adentro: The New Mexico School fo Academics, Art and Artesanía, a public charter school.  Through Tierra Adentro, Encinias’ artistic and educational vision impacts 250 students, grades six through 12.

Encinias has begun a new generation of artistry though his innovation and dedication to the art form.  Today, he is one of the most highly sought-after flamenco artists and instructors in the nation because of his unique exposition of technique and craft.  His musical talent and deep understanding of the language of flamenco make him an exceptional and valuable instructor and choreographer.
The TANM Dance Ensemble is an audition-based student dance company directed by Joaquin Encinias, Deanna Encinias, and Veronica Torres. The Dance Ensemble was created in 2012 as a way for TANM's elite dancers to intensify their study and to provide performance opportunities for students. There are currently 30 students ranging from grades 8 – 12 actively performing in the student company. As part of TANM's unique charter and mission, the students receive training in flamenco music, dance, and cante as part of their regular school day. The Dance Ensemble is an after-school program, which allows the dancers to deepen their artistic pursuit of flamenco under the guidance of the Ensemble's Artistic Directors. Many of TANM's Ensemble students also receive additional training through the National Institute of Flamenco at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts and from master flamenco artists at Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque. The Dance Ensemble actively collaborates in rehearsal and performance with TANM's Music & Cante Ensemble students. These young musicians elect to concentrate their study in flamenco guitar, cajón and cante. This allows for many of the Dance Ensemble productions to be performed completely by students, allowing for these budding artists to truly explore the full spectrum of the flamenco arts.