Behind the Chamber 2017: Four-Note Opera

 

The eighth and final concert in this year’s 2017 Temporada Campbell will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at noon  in the Angela Peralta Theater.

I interviewed Maestro Gordon Campbell and Guianeya Román in a sneak peek of the concert. To hear their “Behind the Chamber” interview about the performance click on the video below. Please note the video was created before a date change in the program; the date shown in the video is incorrect.

You can purchase your tickets for specific concerts (300 pesos each) or a series pass (2000 pesos) at the Angela Peralta Theater box office—open 9am-3pm and 5-7pm—or online at CULTURA Mazatlán.

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Support the Camerata
Tax-deductible donations to recover costs of the Camerata and the community chorus are received by the Patronato Philomusica AC, Banco Bajio account number 14166839. Your donation is tax-deductible in Mexico and worldwide. Please help support the high caliber of arts in our community by pledging generously!

To watch other Behind-the-Chamber interviews click here.

Behind the Chamber 2017: Gala Handel

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Every winter in Mazatlán we are privileged to enjoy a series of innovative chamber concerts on Sundays at noon. The Campbell Chamber, or Camerata Campbell, was formed in 2012, and its repertoire is based on classical and baroque music. It is an independent project supported by CULTURA Mazatlán, Instituto Sinaloense de Cultura, Proyecto Centro Histórico Mazatlán, our two local hotel associations, as well as the local and foreign communities.

This year’s season will take place January 15 through March 5, 2017. Usually the concerts are held in the Angela Peralta Theater, but twice this season Carnavál events will dictate that the concerts take place in Casa Haas. You can purchase your tickets for specific concerts (300 pesos each) or a series pass (2000 pesos) at the Angela Peralta Theater box office—open 9am-3pm and 5-7pm—or online at CULTURA Mazatlán.

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In 2015 we published a series of “Behind the Chamber” interviews with Gordon and his wife and collaborator, Guianeya Román. So many of you told us how delightful and helpful those sneak peeks were that we have reprised the interviews again this season.

January 15, 2017 is the first concert in the annual series, at noon in the Angela Peralta Theater. Entitled “Gala Handel,” the concert will feature the full Community Chorus of Culiacán as well as baritone José Manuel González Caro. The choir has never before opened the Campbell Season, so be sure not to miss it. Piano, concertino, violin, viola, cello, bass, trumpets, oboe, timpani and clavecin will accompany the singers. Would you like to hear the Maestro’s “sneak peek” about the performance? Listen up:

Support the Camerata
Tax-deductible donations to recover costs of the Camerata and the community chorus are received by the Patronato Philomusica AC, Banco Bajio account number 14166839. Your donation is tax-deductible in Mexico and worldwide. Please help support the high caliber of arts in our community by pledging generously!

Maestro Gordon Campbell
Director of our state symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes, Maestro Gordon Campbell was born in Youngstown, Ohio. Most of his life he has played the coronet professionally, and he directed orchestras in Paraguay, Uruguay and the USA in addition to Mexico. His multicultural experience has lead Gordon to produce innovative programming with a fusion of influences, blending classical and baroque music with Big Band, mariachi, tango, danzón, and the sounds of Paquito d’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, the Beatles, Queen, Ferrusquilla and Pedro Infante.

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Maestro Gordon Campbell

Gordon received Mexico’s most prestigious classical music award—the Mozart Media—in 2007, awarded to him at the Palacio Nacional de Bellas Artes in 2007 by the Austrian Ambassador. Twice his orchestras have been invited to perform at the internationally respected Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato: once with the Aguascalientes state orchestra in 1997, and again with the Sinaloa state orchestra in 2012.

Behind the Chamber: Poetry of Frost and Shakespeare

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Community Chorus of Culiacán

“Anyone who doesn’t like music shouldn’t be trusted.”
—paraphrase of Shakespeare’s sonata

Do you love the poetry of William Shakespeare and Robert Frost? And what about choral music? There are few feelings that parallel the sound of a hundred voices lifted in song… The seventh event in this year’s Camerata Gordon Campbell series will showcase Maestro’s Campbell’s two favorite choral pieces.

Shakespeare actually has a poem called “Serenade to Music,” (from The Merchant of Venice) which was actually set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), perhaps England’s greatest modern composer. He composed nine symphonies and five operas, plus a lot of choral music. Of particular interest to me is that he traveled the English countryside at the turn of the 20th century to collect folk songs and carols, thus saving them for future generations. He also wrote hymns. His ashes are interred in Westminster Abbey near Purcell’s.

Randall Thompson, composer (1899-1994) of three symphonies and two string quartets, also wrote choral music his entire life—including the famous Allelujia, which premiered at Tanglewood (the Boston Symphony’s summer home) in 1940, and has opened each Tanglewood season ever since. Interesting trivia: Thompson was turned down when auditioning for the Harvard Glee Club as an undergrad.

Bringing to life the poetry of Frost and Shakespeare, and the musical compositions of Williams and Thompson, will be the Community Chorus of Culiacán, this Sunday, February 22nd, at noon in the Angela Peralta Theater. This is the second to the last performance in this year’s .

In our latest entry in the “Behind the Chamber” series, Maestro Gordon Campbell and his wife, Guianeya Román, share with us how their wedding served as indirect inspiration for this upcoming performance.

Tickets to this event are for sale at the unbelievable price of 200 pesos each at the TAP box office or online.

Behind the Chamber: The Art of the Horn

You know we are blessed with cultural events here in Mazatlán, but I especially love it when we are privileged to host a world premiere!

Next Sunday, February 8th in Casa Haas, we will hear Brahms’ classic piece for horn, with a companion piece written by Robert Cummings expressly for Maestro Gordon Campbell. Aigul Kulova will be on piano, Oleana Bogaychuck on violin, and Gordon Campbell on the horn. Maestro Gordon Campbell and his wife, Guianeya Román, give us a Behind-the-Chamber look at the upcoming concert.

Performance will be at noon was sold out, and CULTURA was opening a second performance at 6:00 pm. Tickets for this event are only 200 pesos, and can be purchased at the TAP box office or online. Come and listen to Maestro Campbell get out from behind his baton and play, for a change!

Behind the Chamber: Skipping From Carnegie Hall to Mazatlán

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Daniela Liebman

 

A twelve year old girl from Guadalajara plays piano so well that she has already performed in Europe and Asia, as well as in both the Palacio de las Bellas Artes and Carnegie Hall—where she received a standing ovation. Earlier this year she won the prestigious Premio Nacional de la Juventud award, given to outstanding young Mexicans between 12 and 28—when she had barely reached the minimum age.

The girl is Daniela Liebman, an incredibly hardworking and naturally talented musician, and she will be coming our way this Sunday, January 4, 2015. Her career is rising quickly, she’s in very high demand on the international stage, and this is most probably the last concert she will play for over a year. Daniela may well go on to world fame, and thanks to the annual Camerata Gordon Campbell series, we get to create lifelong memories right here, in our own Angela Peralta Theater, for only 200 pesos (less if you buy tickets to the full series).

Maestro Gordon Campbell, Director and Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes, and his wife and collaborator, Guianeya Román, sat down with us to talk a bit about next Sunday’s concert, how they came to know Daniela, and how they were able to attract her to Mazatlán to perform for us.

Born to musically inclined parents—a US American father and a Mexican mother—the maestro and his wife tell us that Daniela is both an terrific artist and a very well-adjusted child: she loves reading, and often skips onto stage due to her excitement at performing. View the video of our interview, below:

We were told that the family is very dedicated to Daniela. Her father sat with her four hours a day when she was younger, helping her practice. Daniela’s parents have told Gordon that if at any time the gifted pianist does not wish to continue her musical training, she is free to choose whichever interests suit her. Soon the family will be moving to Fort Worth, Texas to continue her training with a well-known teacher there.

Be sure to get your season tickets for just 150 pesos each for the 8-concert series, while you can still choose the best seats. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Angela Peralta Theater box office.