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Featured image: 'Music in the Time of Goya' launches Echoes Festival at St John's Smith Square on 2 Nov. Image by Alan Barnes
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Echoes Festival Launches to a Packed House at St John's Smith Square with 'Goyescas': Music in the Time of Goya
ILAMS' new Echoes Festival got off to a spectacular start at St John's Smith Square on 2nd November with a packed house in attendance to hear José Menor and the Latin Classical Chamber Orchestra performing 'Goyescas': Music in the Time of Goya. 
In his review for Classical Source, Ateş Orga described the event as 'an enterprising, well-attended occasion, with food for thought and sounds to provoke'. Thank you also to members of the audience who have been sending in some lovely messages:
'An outstanding evening on every level and at every stage of the performance! Superbly selected programme and excellently illustrated souvenir programme, too. What a thrill to be at SJSS again for such memorable evening - thank you!' (Tessa Tesic)

'Wow - what an evening. A most amazing concert. ...Everything was so engaging. Thanks so much!' (Rita & Emma Ferris-Taylor)

If you weren't able to make the event, don't fear - you can download a digital copy of the printed programme HERE. Stay tuned also for next month's newsletter, where we will be releasing more pictures and videos of the concert.
In the meantime, Echoes Festival is just getting started, with six more events taking place across November. See below for a selection of Festival highlights, or visit to see the full line-up. We hope to see you there!
   Upcoming ILAMS concerts

ECHOES FESTIVAL | 'Granados-Llobet': A Centennial Voyage | Carles Trepat

Thu 17 November 2016, 7.00pm
St Peter's Church
119, Eaton Square
United Kingdom

Midnight on the 24th November 1915, and the sound of guitars and mandolins emanates from the port of Barcelona...guitarist Miguel Llobet is leaving for New York with his close friend Enrique Granados, and a group of his students have arrived to bid them farewell. Granados would never again return to Spain, drowning in the English Channel following a stopover in the UK after his boat was torpedoed by a German U-boat. A native of Lleida, Catalonia, like Granados, the pre-eminent guitarist Carles Trepat marks the Granados centenary with a programme based on his 2015 album Granados-Llobet, 100 anys d'un viatge, exploring the relationship between the two composers, including Llobet's transcriptions of Granados' piano pieces. He performs on an 1892 Antonio Torres instrument with gut and silk strings.

PLUS Join us after the concert for a complimentary glass of Spanish wine!

Enrique Granados Canción árabe | ¡Chopin..! | Tonadillas en estilo antiguo | Capricho español | Danzas españolas | Cuentos de la juventud Op. 1 | Seis piezas sobre cantos populares españoles
Miguel Llobet Preludio en re mayor | Cuatro canciones populares catalanas

Click HERE to listen to a clip | Click HERE to watch a video

This event is part of the Guitarrísimo series organised by ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes, with the kind support of the Institut Ramon Llull, and is also part of Echoes Festival, organised by ILAMS

TICKETS We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment | Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine
Advance bookings: £14, £12 Concessions, £10 Members of ILAMS (limited availability)
On the door: £18, £16 Concessions, £14 Members of ILAMS (limited availability)

BOOKINGS 0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7) |




ECHOES FESTIVAL | Great Latin American Composers | Clara Rodríguez + TangOpera Duo

Thu 24 November 2016, 7.30pm
Bolívar Hall
54, Grafton Way
United Kingdom

Celebrating the Centenaries of Estévez and Ginastera

'Clara Rodríguez is a poet of the piano.' Antonio Estévez

'A duo of almost telepathic consonance.' Music & Vision

Join us for an uplifting evening of Latin American classical music at London’s intimate Venezuelan chamber music venue, the Bolívar Hall. ‘Venezuelan virtuoso’ pianist Clara Rodríguez (The Telegraph) joins forces with TangOpera Duo to mark the centenary of her compatriot, composer Antonio Estévez (1916-1988) with a concert showcasing his works for piano and voice as part of a vibrant programme of piano pieces by some of the giants of Latin American classical music, including the seminal Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera (Argentina) (1916-1983), who also celebrates his centenary this year.

Antonio Estévez is one of the most important Venezuelan composers of the 20th century, known especially for his Cantata criolla and Mediodía en el llano, recorded by the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra in 2008. A leading light of the Parisian-Venezuelan avant garde, Estévez’s music stands out for its rare beauty and profound originality. In Clara Rodríguez, Estévez has a longstanding ambassador for his legacy – her successful campaign to establish his output on the ABRSM 2015-2016 exam syllabus saw his music performed by thousands of pianists in the UK. Heard here alongside some of Latin America’s most famous composers, such as Villa-Lobos(Brazil) and Cervantes (Cuba), this event places Estévez firmly amongst the panoply of Latin America’s ‘Great’ composers. If you are unfamiliar with his music, this programme will be a revelation. An event not to be missed!

PLUS Join is after the concert for a complimentary glass of wine

Clara Rodríguez piano | TangOpera Duo soprano & piano | Timothy Adès translator-poet | William Roberts actor

Antonio Estévez 17 Piezas infantiles | Songs: 'Fresas maduritas', 'Nana del llanto', 'Primeros pasitos', 'Arrunango', 'Polo doliente', 'Habladurías', 'El ordeñador'
Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 (Selection) | Ciclo brasileiro (Selection)
Alberto Ginastera Three Argentinean Dances | Dos canciones Op. 3
Ignacio Cervantes Danzas cubanas for solo piano: 'Invitación', 'Los tres goples', 'Se fué y no vuelve más' | Danzas cubanas for piano four hands: 'La Camagüeyana', 'Los delirios de Rosita', 'Los muñecos'
Federico Ruiz Encuentro de Antonio y Florentino
Click HERE to watch a video of Clara Rodríguez | Click HERE to watch a video of TangOpera Duo
Click HERE to hear an audio clip of Clara Rodríguez | Click HERE to hear an audio clip of TangOpera Duo |

This is event is part of Echoes Festival organised by ILAMS with the kind support of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

£19 | £17 Concessions | £10 Standing | £13 ILAMS Members
Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine

BOOKINGS 0800 411 8881 (lines open 24/7) |




   CD Review
Ray Picot in Conversation with 
José Menor

Jose Menor
Image of José Menor by Paul Stott

The Spanish pianist, José Menor opened ILAMS’ first Echoes Festival concert this month, where he performed the entire ‘Goyescas'... READ MORE
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By RAY PICOT200 pixels

Ginastera: Bomarzo

Chorus and Orchestra 
of the Opera Society 
of Washington | Salvador Novoa | Brent Ellis 
Isabel Penagos
Richard Torigi | Julius Rudel

Sony 88985350882

When I reviewed Karl-Heinz Steffens' superb recording of the Opera Suite from Ginastera’s 
Bomarzo (Capriccio C5244) earlier this year, there was no indication that the full opera (composed 1966/67) would be released. However, you no longer need to search the used LP market for a decent copy of the original 1968 cast recording from CBS, as Sony has timed their reissue of the iconic and only CBS recording with...

China in America
   Video of the Month
Quote of the Month

"Granados' strangely vivid music pursues you like certain perfumes, more persistent than strong."

Claude Debussy
French Composer
Click HERE to watch a sneak preview of our event 'Great Latin American Composers' on 24th Nov at the Bolívar Hall featuring Clara Rodríguez, TangOpera Duo and William Roberts
   Other Concerts we Recommend this Month

                                          For complete listings please click HERE

The London Piano Trio: 'Viva España'

Sun 27 November 2016, 3.00pm
St John’s Smith Square
Smith Square
United Kingdom

(Not an ILAMS concert, but one we highly recommend!)

The London Piano Trio return for their first concert at St John’s Smith Square this season with a programme that celebrates and pays tribute to music from the Iberian Peninsula. The music of Spain has a long history and has played an important role in the development of Western music, and this concert provides a rare opportunity to hear Spanish music in a chamber setting.

Robert Atchison violin | David Jones cello | Francis Rayner piano

Joaquín Turina Trio No. 2, Op. 76
Tomás Bretón 4 Spanish pieces
Gaspar Cassadó Piano Trio in C
Enrique Granados Trio

Part of Sunday at St John's

TICKETS £14 | £10 Concessions

BOOKINGS 020 7222 1061 |


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