Saturday, May 28 at 7:30pm
As the 8 Cuerdas duo, American soprano Sarah Cullins and Colombian guitarist Daniel Gaviria combine their classical training and experience with their love of traditional Latin American and Spanish rhythms and folklore, exploring the multiple musical identities of Latin America and the origin of many of its influences, the Iberian Peninsula. The duo will present a beautiful program celebrating Spanish and Latin American classical song, including audience favorites such as Heitor Villa-Lobos' haunting ‘Bachianas Brasilerias' and Joaquín Rodrigo's romantic ‘Aranjuez, Ma Pensee'. The evening will be guided by the duo's entertaining explanations and anecdotes about the composers and their music and will also feature Gaviria in a number of works for solo guitar.
The duo is a favorite with Vermont audiences, being known for lively performances that juxtapose impossibly soft lullabies with high-powered zarzuela arias. Whether recreating a soulful Argentinian milonga, bringing out the percussiveness of the Latin American Chacarera, or drawing on the intense passion of flamenco, the duo leads much of their classical repertoire into the world music realm, creating a wide variety of sounds and atmospheres.
Named for the eight “strings” that make up their two instruments and the artistic unity that this husband and wife team brings to their performances, the Burlington, Vermont-based duo recently moved to the Green Mountains from the Andes Mountains of Bogota, Colombia, where both Cullins and Gaviria had busy careers as soloists and chamber musicians as well as educators. Cullins performed regularly with the country's major orchestras in operatic, symphonic and oratorio repertoire and developed and led a nationally-renowned voice and opera undergraduate program. Gaviria was a winner and finalist in solo guitar and chamber competitions, presented numerous outreach concerts as a member of Quarteto +1 and the Vitart Trio, and is a sought-after Suzuki-method teacher for students of all ages.
Here in Vermont, the Duo has performed numerous times at First Night Burlington, as well as at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, ArtisTree, St. Paul's Cathedral, the UVM Recital Hall and on the Stowe Performing Arts Music in May Series. With Annemieke and Jeremiah McLane, they also perform as the Piazzolla Project quartet, which drew an enthusiastic audience to Brandon Music last summer.
Cullins is frequently a featured soloist with the Opera Company of Middlebury, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the Oriana Singers, and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, in addition to maintaining a voice studio at UVM. Gaviria performs regularly as a solo recitalist, maintains a private studio, and is a member of Ray Vega's Son de los Montes Latin Jazz band and the Gaviria-Andreas Guitar Duo.
Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner also available for $20. View the dinner menu. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.
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