8 Cuerdas presents three concerts of Latin music
Eighth-generation Vermonter, soprano Sarah Cullins, and her Colombian husband, guitarist Daniel Gaviria, will present three concerts in November to showcase their favorite styles of Latin American and Spanish music for voice and guitar as their duo, 8 Cuerdas (translated as 8 Strings). Each concert will include a mixed program of “audience-favorites,” including their poignant rendition of Villa-Lobos’ classic, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, and works by several living composers from North and South America, such as David Leisner (USA), Ernesto Cordero (Puerto Rico) and Carlos Reyes (Venezuela), and will also feature three different themes: Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and “La Guitarra.”
Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Swan Dojo, 19 Church Street, Burlington
In addition to 8 Cuerdas’ unique mix of romantic and spirited Latin American songs for voice and guitar, this concert will bring special focus to Argentinean composers Carlos Guastavino and Astor Piazzolla, and to the creative ways they infused traditional rhythms like tango, milonga, and chacarera into their works.
Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Free Library, 201 Bridge Street, Richmond
Composers with ties to the elegant city of Gaudi will define this concert’s focus. Fernando Sor’s classical Seguidillas, Joaquin Rodrigo’s vocal version of the Aranjuez Adagio, and Fernando Obradors’ flamenco-inspired songs will follow a mix of the 8 Cuerdas duo’s favorite Latin American works for voice and guitar.
Sunday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m.
Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court, Middlebury
Spanish guitar music fascinates audiences world-wide with its virtuosity, romanticism and passion. While influences of this style can be found in 8 Cuerdas’ Latin American song repertoire, this program will also feature the Gaviria Andreas Guitar Duo, showcasing works from the flamenco and Latin jazz repertoires with special guest, Francis Andreas.
Suggested donation at the door: $25/adult (includes CD), $20/adult, $5/child
Cullins and Gaviria met in Bogotà, Colombia, and moved to Cullins’ native Burlington in 2013 with their son Tomàs. Cullins lived in Bogotà for 10 years, performing as a soloist with the country’s major orchestras and opera companies, and directing an opera training program that she founded in a local university. Back in Vermont, Cullins is a frequent soloist with the Opera Company of Middlebury (with whom she has sung five roles), and also appears with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the Vermont Philharmonic, the Vermont Virtuosi, the Burlington Choral Society and Albany Pro Musica. Gaviria won several classical guitar and chamber music competitions in Colombia and now combines his love for classical repertoire, 20th century works and Latin jazz in his frequent concertizing in Vermont. He recently appeared playing guitar and banjo with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, enjoys collaborating with Ray Vega in the Son de los Montes Latin jazz band, and can often be found giving electric guitar tutorials to his youtube fans.
Cullins and Gaviria maintain active private teaching studios and recently teamed up with pianists Claire Black and Sam Whitesell, and soprano Helen Lyons to open the Patchen Music Studios, offering voice, piano and guitar lessons to students of all ages in South Burlington.
For more info visit 8cuerdas.com.