Press Release: Paquito D’Rivera to Present World Premiere Honoring Cuban Opposition Movement

Paquito D’Rivera, the musician, conductor, and composer whose extraordinary career has influenced American music across Latin, jazz, and classical genres, will perform the world premiere of his new work Ladies in White in An Evening with Paquito D’Rivera at Elebash Recital Hall on May 3. It is the final concert in the Graduate Center’s Concerts & Conversations music series.

Ladies in White, for clarinet, cello, and piano, was commissioned by the Graduate Center’s Foundation for Iberian Music. The work is named after a Cuban protest movement made up of women who dress in white and march every Sunday in Havana to demand the release of relatives imprisoned by the Castro regime in a 2003 crackdown against dissident activists, community organizers, and independent journalists.

The May 3 program begins at 7:00 p.m. Elebash Recital Hall is located at 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets) in Manhattan. Tickets are $25 (general admission), $10 (students), and may be purchased online or by telephone at 212-868-4444. There is no surcharge.

The program will also feature a conversation with Rivera and performances of more of his works, including Bandoneón, for cello and piano; excerpts from Cecilio Valdés, Rey de La Habana; and Improvisations.

The 62-year-old composer, a Havana native, was a child prodigy. At the age of five he began taking music lessons from his father, himself a noted classical saxophonist and conductor. Rivera is a virtuoso on the clarinet, the alto saxophone, and the soprano saxophone.  

This season’s Concerts & Conversations series has presented a program of musical settings inspired by Bob Dylan’s lyrics, featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano and cultural historian Greil Marcus, among others; celebrated pianist Ursula Oppens performing works by various New York composers, including Joan Tower, Tania Leon, Elliott Carter, and Tobias Picker; and a concert of the songs of World War II, featuring the tenor Robert White, the mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, and her husband, the pianist and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcolm.

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Submitted on: APR 1, 2010

Category: Press Room