One of the objectives of the Cayambis Institute for Latin American Studies in Music (CILASiM) is to increase the awareness and appreciation of Latin American classical music. In support of this mission, the Institute operates a professional ensemble, the Cayambis Sinfonietta, which is made up of winds, strings, percussion and piano; in essence, the ensemble is like a miniature orchestra that can effectively perform a wide range of music of different styles and time periods.
Directed by John L. Walker, the group’s repertoire comprises many exclusive works written for the ensemble by leading composers from throughout Latin America as well as carefully prepared arrangements of some of the most important Latin American works from the mid 19th to early 20th century, such as the overture from the opera, Il Guarany, by the Brazilian composer Carlos Antônio Gomes and René Amengual’s Preludio sinfónico.
Elizabeth Lantz Crone, flute
Eileen Young, clarinet
Amber Ferenz Spuller, bassoon
Matt Cataldi, piano
Al Woltjera, percussion
Charley Shafer, violin
Lisa Liske-Doorandish, cello
John Spuller, string bass
The Sinfonietta’s program, unlike that of any other US-based performance ensemble, consists of a performed history of the development of instrumental music in Latin America from the last quarter of the 19th century to the present day. Across the more than ten pieces that make up the program, the Sinfonietta will demonstrate its versatility by performing a representative cross section of the most important styles over the past one hundred thirty-five years, including Italianate opera overtures, Ecuadorean indigenism, Chilean impressionism, Mexican folklorism, etc., and ending with a delightfully modern take on the tango by Argentine composer Federico Núñez.
Alberto Nepomuceno, Batuque (arr. by Walker).
Your audience will not only enjoy a truly unique concert experience, but also, will gain a greater appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latin America’s classical music.
Adequate lighting; 20’ x 20’ stage; tuned piano, music stands and straight-back chairs without arms.
Because of the ensemble’s unique repertoire, fees may vary slightly, depending on the number of musicians involved.
Concert and Master Class $4400.00 (Travel costs may be additional).