Symphonic Mexico By Leon Botstein Written for the concert Symphonic Mexico, performed on Nov 17, 2006 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The fact that too many Americans, even those with a college education, know as little about the history of Mexico as they do is a cause for consternation and wonderment. The relations…

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Silvestre Revueltas, La noche de los Mayas By Peter Laki Written for the concert Symphonic Mexico, performed on Nov 17, 2006 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The life of Silvestre Revueltas was tragically short, but certainly not uneventful. He was born in Mexico and spent several years studying and working in the United States…

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Manuel Ponce, Violin Concerto (1943) By Leonora Saavedra, University of California Riverside Written for the concert Symphonic Mexico, performed on Nov 17, 2006 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. In 1943, shortly after the premiere of Manuel M. Ponce’s Violin Concerto (with a young Henry Szeryng and the Orquesta Sinfónica de México, led by Ponce’s…

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Carlos Chávez, Symphony No. 1, Sinfonía de Antígona By Leonora Saavedra, University of California Riverside Written for the concert Symphonic Mexico, performed on Nov 17, 2006 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. In 1948, when the French composer Edgard Varèse was asked to give a series of lectures on twentieth-century music at Columbia University, he…

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