FARMINGTON – On Saturday, April 11, Maine Mountain Chamber Music will bring violinists Jesse Mills and Cyrus Beroukhim, and cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws to Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington

They will join MMCM directors violist Laurie Kennedy and pianist Yuri Funahashi for a program featuring the music of Latin American and Spanish composers, including Villo-Lobos of Brazil, Ginastera of Argentina and Turina of Spain.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., opening with “Three Pieces for String Quartet,” by Peruvian composer Armando Guevara Ochoa. These pieces, based on the typical Andean-style music, were presented to Kennedy and her quartet by the composer in 1976, while the quartet was touring Peru.

Villo-Lobos, perhaps most famous for his Bachianas brasileiras, also wrote a chamber music series known as Chôros; which he described as serenades. The program includes “Two Chôros (bis),” written for violin and cello.

Also on the program are Ginastera’s “Pampeana No. 1 Rhapsody for violin and piano,” characterized by lively Argentinian rhythms and plaintive tonality; and “Musica de Feria,” by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, which depicts the excitement, chaos and earthiness of a carnival.

Also performed will be two works for violin and piano, the Ausencias and the energized and electric Piringundin from Argentine composer Fernando Otero’s 2008 debut album “Pagina de Buenos Aires; and Turina’s Piano Trio No. 2.

Müller-Szeraws is a member of the touring chamber group Mistral, the QX String Quartet and the contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva. Mills has performed as soloist with Teatro Argentino Orchestra in Buenos Aires and with many other symphony orchestras. Beroukhim, who made his debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at age 15, has performed at prestigious music festivals and is a member of numerous chamber music ensembles.

Funahashi is a member of the Festival Chamber Music Society of New York City and the Pane-Funahashi Duo; Kennedy, Principal Violist of the Portland Symphony since 1981, appears frequently as a soloist with that orchestra and performs as a chamber artist throughout the Northeast.

Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens; and is free for youth ages 16 and younger. For more information, call 645-2157.


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