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  • PIAZZOLLA: Michelangelo '70
  • PIAZZOLLA: Milonga del Ángel
  • PIAZZOLLA: Muerte del Ángel
  • PIAZZOLLA: Le Grand Tango (violin and piano)
  • PIAZZOLLA: 'Yo soy María’  from María de Buenos Aires
  • PIAZZOLLASiempre se vuelve a Buenos Aires
  • PIAZZOLLA: Libertango
  • Lila Zemborain: Las Cuarto Estaciones Porteñas  (west coast poetry premiere)
  • PIAZZOLLA: Las Cuatro Estanciones Porteñas
      Verano Porteño (Summer)
      Otoño Porteño (Autumn)
      Invierno Porteño (Winter)
      Primavera Porteña (Spring)

  • Between Angels & Demons (world premiere ballet)
  • PIAZZOLLA: Oblivion
  • PIAZZOLLA: Histoire du Tango: Concert d’aujourd’hui
  • PIAZZOLLA: Concierto para Quinteto

2021 marks the centennial of Argentine composer and virtuoso bandoneón player Astor Piazzolla. The single most important figure in the history of tango, Piazzolla created a whole new musical genre based on Argentina’s national dance. Breaking boundaries and revolutionizing traditional tango, he introduced the world to tango nuevo: a fusion of tango, jazz, klezmer, and classical music. The Piazzolla style is bold, unique, immediately recognizable, and utterly irresistible.

A child prodigy, Piazzolla wrote his first tango at the age of 11. However, in his early 20s, he decided to give up tango and traveled to Paris to study classical music with the famous French pianist and composer Nadia Boulanger. It was she who told him not to give up on tango.

Join us as multi-Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint and his Quint Quintet are joined by the members of Joffrey Ballet to perform some of Piazzolla’s most iconic works as part of a narrative tracing the musical and personal journey of an extraordinary musician who achieved international acclaim but – before becoming a national treasure – was dubbed ‘tango-killer’ in his native Argentina. Come and discover the man whose life story was, in his own words, ‘one of both angels and demons’.

**Please note that tickets for this performance will be sold through the Irvine Barclay Theatre's ticketing system.

Quint’s tonal opulence, generously inflected with subtle portamentos, sounds like a throwback to the glory days of Fritz Kreisler.

BBC Music Magazine

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