Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019,
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m,
The Arizona Senior Academy building
The guitar is a versatile instrument that makes beautiful music whether solo or paired with a variety of other instruments. The musical duo of guitarist Jose Luis Puerta and bassoonist Marissa Olegario is a stellar example of such a pairing. Both are accomplished, experienced musicians who joined the faculty at the UA Fred Fox School of Music in 2018.
We expect them to reprise selections from their recent faculty recital that featured music of Latin-American and Spanish composers, where they performed movements from the Historia del Tango by Astor Piazzolla, originally scored for flute and guitar. Another selection likely to be performed for us is the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos. This piece was originally written as an aria for solo soprano and eight cellos, but has been transcribed for a variety of instrumental combinations.
Jose Luis Puerta received his doctorate in guitar and ethnomusicology from the University of Arizona, and prior to that, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico. He has performed in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Spain and the U.S., and is the founder of Grupo Riken, a Tucson ensemble that specializes in folkloric music from the Caribbean and Latin America. He is currently the conductor and director of the Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra, which performs throughout the state.
Marissa Olegario is an active soloist and chamber musician in the U.S. and abroad who has worked with artists from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmoniker and Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet. Inspired by community engagement, she has collaborated with groups such as Dance for Parkinson’s. She has also premiered works by contemporary composers including Jay Vosk and Szilárd Mezei. Her degrees come from Northwestern University and the Yale School of Music.
Written by Roxy Mitchem-Horn, Academy Village volunteer