Latin American focus at Central Ohio Symphony

Posted on: October 16, 2015

“The music—and musicianship—of Latin America will receive a symphonic salute this weekend,” writes Peter Tonguette in Thursday’s (10/15) Columbus Dispatch (Ohio). “On Saturday, the Central Ohio Symphony will perform a concert that includes pieces by two Mexican masters: Arturo Marquez and Jose Pablo Moncayo. The concert, coinciding with the conclusion of National Hispanic Heritage Month, will also feature the participation of two of the five siblings of the symphony music director, Jaime Morales-Matos. A world-premiere composition by sister Sonia—who, like Jaime, lives in Cincinnati—will be performed; and brother Jesus, a cellist in Philadelphia, will be one of two soloists.… The first piece on the bill, though, departs from the evening’s emphasis: Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto in A Minor. ‘People are like, “What has Brahms to do with Latin music?” ’ said Jaime Morales-Matos.… ‘Well, the idea for this Hispanic Heritage Month was not only to bring the Hispanic music but (also) the performers.’ Thus, the piece will feature Jesus Morales and Simon Gollo in solo parts. Said Jaime Morales-Matos: ‘I wanted to show that “Hey, you have great Latin artists playing universal music—what we call classical music.” ’ ”

Posted October 16, 2015