Women in Music/Mujeres en Música
A Musical Conversation Between the United States and Spain
January 24, 2018
Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, NYC
American mezzo soprano Anna Tonna and Spanish pianist Isabel Perez Dobarro first met at the Música in Compostela Festival (Spain) during the summer of 2015. Women in Music/Mujeres en Música was born several years later, as outgrowth of their sincere desire to showcase works by living women composers; the endeavor took its first steps with the receipt of the New York Women Composers, Inc., Seed Grant Award in 2016. Anna and Isabel have important cultural ties to both The United States and Spain, and conceived an initial project involving contemporary women composers from these countries, with a series of two concerts to take place in both Madrid (Spain) and New York City.

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Duo Savigni and Anna Tonna
After discovering the pianoforte and romantic guitar of Duo Savigni on Youtube in January of 2017, Anna has since joined forces with the talented sisters Savigni in projects such as “Liberals and Romantics” and “Verde, Bianco, Rossini!”. The collaboration continues this summer in Italy with a reprise of “Verde, Bianco, Rossini!” and a new concert of songs dedicated to Empress Maria Luiga di Parma and Queen Maria Cristina of Spain.

Vocal duet Líricas del Mundo
The Madrid based ensemble with Anna, Colombian soprano Gloria Londono and Spanish pianist Elias Romero had its debut in 2015 at the Auditorio Nacional de Espana with the concert “Amor en Travesti”; since that time, the vocal duo has been heard in concerts dedicated to Enrique Granados and Amadeo Vives at Palacio de Longoria as well as anniversary tribute concerts to 19th century zarzuela singer Lucrecia Arana at the International Institute – Madrid, La Rioja and Museo de Romanticismo.

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Bellezas de las Americas and Alegria Hispana Ensemble
Anna and Colombian guitarist Francisco Roldan have been collaborating as a guitar/vocal duo for over 10 years, showcasing music by composers from Latin America. Spanish dancer Elisabet Torras Aguilera joins them in Alegria Hispana Ensemble, with music and dance of Spain and Latin America. They have performed as New York’s Carnegie Hall, for the Latin America Cultural Center of Queens, the Latin American Cultural Week of New York as well as libraries and cultural centers in all five boroughs of New York City.

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Music and Dance in the times of the Duchess of Alba
(1762-1802)
December 13, 2012
Hispanic Society of America Museum & Library (NYC)

Narrated music concert about the life of the Duchess of Alba, muse of painter Francisco Goya, with songs accompanied by guitar and dancer with castanets; works by Fernando Sor, Manuel García, Pablo Huertos, Ramon Carnicer and Federico Moretti.

From Barcelona with Passion: Enrique Granados in New York
The Hispanic Society Museum & Library (NYC)
Concert showcasing the vocal and dance works by Spanish composer Enrique Granados.
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Latin American Song: A Panoramic View
Presented by North South Consonance of New York City
with pianist/composer Max Lifchitz
October 27, 2013
Performing Arts Center at SUNY Albany
Rarely heard songs for voice and piano by Manuel Ponce, Carlos Chavez (Mexico), Antonio Maria Valencia (Colombia), Modesta Bor (Venezuela), Carlos Guastavino (Argentina) and Mexican American composer Ramiro Cortes. Songs by Heitor Villa-Lobos will be heard, including the New York premiere of his “Pinga-Ponga”. The world premiere of “Perfume” a song cycle by Dominican composer Darwin Aquino with lyrics by two Dominican female poets will be unveiled.

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The Songs of Conrado del Campo
(1878-1953)
Fundacion Juan March, Madrid (Spain)
Songs and opera arias by Spanish composer Conrado del Campo and his contemporaries Jaume Pahissa, Andres Issasi and followers Julian Bautista, Gerardo Gombau and Enrique Casals Chapi; Wagnerism in Spain. With pianist Jorge Robaina; transmitted live on Radio Nacional de Espana.

“De Orilla a Orilla: Songs from the Caribbean, Spain and the United States”
Vocal chamber works by Ernesto Cordero, Joaquin Rodrigo, Enrique de Marchena, Rafael Landestoy, Julio Alberto Hernandez. With pianist Maria de Fatima Geraldes, flutist Alaima Gonzalez and guitarist Ruben Gonzalez. Presented by the Conservatorio Nacional de Santo Domingo in collaboration with the US Embassy in Santo Domingo; at the Capilla de los Remedios (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic).

“Spaniards in Exile”
Vocal works for voice and piano by Spanish composers exiled in the greater Antilles in the first half of the 20th century. Songs by Julian Orbon, Maria Rodrigo, Joaquin Nin among others. With pianist Daniel Daroca. Presented by the Otono Cultural Iberoamericano de Huelva Festival in Huelva (Spain).