2009-2010 cARTwheels II Companies and Works of Art
Fandango, Tango, Huapango
This program highlights the vibrancy of Latin music, art, dance and culture in the beauty and transparent intimacy of a chamber setting. Accompanied by dancers and a background of colorful Latin American art, the works performed span the 18th to the 21st century and include Boccherini's Fandango for guitar and string quartet, music of Argentinean Alberto Ginastera, Mexican composers José Pablo Moncayo and Silvestre Revueltas, Brazilian Celso Machado, Mexican American Alice Gomez and tangos by Angel Villoldo.
The rhythms and emotions of flamenco come alive through whirling colorful ruffled dresses, waving fans, long fringed shawls (mantones), classic men's vest (chaleco) all set among an explosion of clicking castanets, the strumming of guitars and dancers keeping the beat with their special flamenco shoes and rhythmic hand clapping. The rich and powerful art of traditional Flamenco and its energetic dance reveals a vision of life full of pride, passion, honor and love.
A Tour of Jazz
This 12-piece big band performance features the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente and of North Carolina natives Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. With high-energy Latin jazz, straight-ahead swing tunes, new arrangements of children's tunes the students will recognize and a couple of contemporary tunes re-written for the large jazz ensemble thrown into the mix, this concert showcases the versatility and power of the jazz big band and will be a finger-snapping, toe-tapping good time for everyone.
Under Southern Skies
Under Southern Skies celebrates the music and artists of the South and reflects on the ever-changing landscape of the region. Mark Diamond's City South, with music by the Grammy®-award-winning group Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, is inspired by young people and their urban lifestyles in an ever-growing southern city. Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's “I'm With You,” set to the music of Asheville's singer-song writer Christine Kane, is a captivating, delicate pas de deux. Bonnefoux's Shindig, is a rollicking ballet set to traditional bluegrass music performed live by the Greasy Beans.