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Treble Voices Now New Music Festival

WomenSing, the East Bay's premier women's chorus, presents its second annual Treble Voices Now new music festival, featuring the first public reading of Pirhekua, a new work by Mexican-born composer Jose-Luis Hurtado, jointly commissioned by WomenSing and woodwind ensemble Quinteto Latino. This lively work for woodwind quintet and treble voices is one of the traditional music genres of the native people of the state of Michoacan in the Southwest of Mexico. The title means "song" in their language, Purhepecha. The piece takes fragments from different popular tunes and the characteristic rhythmic pattern combining them with a more elaborated harmony as well as occasional dissonances and octaves to make it sound as a "banda de pueblo." Treble Voices Now offers the public an opportunity to participate in a free workshop with composer Hurtado and guest artists Quinteto Latino (Armando Castellano, artistic director). After the workshop, the public is invited to a free concert featuring WomenSing (Martin Benvenuto, conductor), along with the Contra Costa Children's Chorus (Andrew Brown, conductor), and Acalanes High School's Bella Voce and Women's Ensemble (Bruce Lengacher, conductor). The public workshop begins at noon and ends at 1:30 p.m.; the free concert begins at 3:00 p.m. About Jose Luis Hurtado Hurtado is a prize-winning composer and pianist whose music has been performed worldwide, and is a passionate advocate for new music and Latin American composers. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and is currently Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of New Mexico. About Quinteto Latino This unique group of talented artists blends the energetic rhythms of Latin American music with the sonorous sounds of woodwinds. One of the group's primary goals, under the direction of Armando Castellano, is to bring Latin American music to new audiences. Free Presented by WomenSing

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April 18, 2015

12:00PM - 4:00PM

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