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UMBC Symphony Orchestra with The Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet

November 21, 2021 at 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Symphony Orchestra under music director Nell Flanders with the Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet.

The concert will feature a selection of tangos by Astor Piazzolla and Pedro Giraudo arranged for orchestra and tango quartet, Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s Estancia Dances, and Beethoven’s glorious 7th Symphony.

The Department of Music is thrilled to welcome the Latin GRAMMY Award winning Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet as artists in residence on November 20 and 21. The residency will include concerts, masterclasses, and a lecture, in Spanish, on the evolution of tango music and its connection to Argentine identity. The residency kicks off with a concert of original and classic tangos, followed by an introductory Argentine Tango dance class presented by master tango dancers Aja Fenn and Masha Abapolnikova. The culmination of the residency is a performance by the UMBC Symphony Orchestra, directed by Nell Flanders, with the Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet as featured soloists, performing tangos by Astor Piazzolla and Pedro Giraudo alongside the Estancia Dances by Alberto Ginastera and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.

The Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet represents the evolution of tango from its roots in the traditional Orquesta típica through tango nuevo, as epitomized by Astor Piazzolla, to produce a contemporary tango that respects the past while looking to the future. The quartet’s fervent and virtuosic musical style combines the lush sound and rhythmic dynamism of Argentine tango with elements of American jazz and European classical music. In 2018 Giraudo’s album ‘Vigor Tanguero’ won the Latin GRAMMY award for ‘Best Tango Album.’

As bassist, composer and arranger, Pedro Giraudo’s biography includes two decades performing with the most important interpreters of tango. Among the many noteworthy events in his career, he recorded bass on Ruben Blades’s CD Tangos, which won a Grammy and a Latin Grammy. He has also performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Pablo Ziegler, Hector Del Curto, and Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango.” The other members of the quartet are three of the most prominent musicians in the tango world: Nick Danielson (violin) is Assistant Concertmaster of the NYC Ballet Orchestra and enjoys a distinguished career in both the classical and tango worlds; Rodolfo Zanetti (bandoneón) is recognized as one of the most distinguished solo bandoneonists in the United States, performing at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; Ahmed Alom (piano) has been considered a prodigy since the age of 14, winning numerous international prizes in piano competitions, and now lives in New York, where he continues to garner acclaim.

The UMBC Symphony Orchestra performs orchestral literature from the 18th to the 21st centuries including both standard repertoire and contemporary works, from a broad range of musical styles. Membership is open to all UMBC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the local community by audition, with preference given to qualified UMBC students.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please visit here to reserve tickets.

Additional residency events include:

Saturday, November 20, 7 p.m. — The Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet Concert and Intro to Argentine Tango Dance Class
Sunday, November 21, 4:30 p.m. — El tango y su evolución como expresión de identidad/Tango and its Evolution as an Expression of Identity

This residency is made possible by support from the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA), the Department of Dance, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication, and the Latinx and Hispanic Faculty Association.

Photo: Federico Rodriguez Caldentey


November 21, 2021
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Building, 1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250 United States
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