Carlos Núñez U.S. Tour 2013 at Boston Summer Arts Weekend

2:30 pm on Sunday, July 28, 2013
4:00 pm on Sunday, July 28, 2013
Copley Square, 560 Boylston, Boston, MA
Carmen Suite for 4 percussion and strings, excerpts (Shchedrin) - Selections by Carlos Nuñez and orchestra About the Performance: The Boston Landmarks Orchestra takes a trip to Northern Spain with renowned piper Carlos Nuñez, master of the gaita, the traditional Galician bagpipe. "What the flamenco guitar is to the south, the gaita is to the north," he explains. The orchestra also hosts a side trip to Andalusia in a performance of the rousing and humorous Carmen ballet for percussion and strings by Rodion Shchedrin. Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin is a Russian composer and virtuoso pianist and organist. His "Carmen" Suite was first performed as a ballet in 1967 by the Bolshoi Theatre. It is based on Bizet's opera "Carmen" but is for strings and percussion. The Soviet Minister of Culture originally banned the piece, but Shchedrin said it was "a meeting of the minds" about what Shchedrin described as Bizet's extraordinary work. John Armstrong in a BBC review of the piece said "you get all the familiar tunes dressed up in a way Bizet would never have imagined, and with a sly grin and a twinkle in the eye."