Music Unwound: Copland and Mexico

On March 28, 2013, sixteen members of Chamber Winds Louisville performed on a special concert that featured live music intermingled with commentary by American-music scholar Joseph Horowitz, Carol A. Hess, an expert on the music of Spain and the Americas and Roberto Kolb-Neuhaus, an internationally-known authority on the music of Silvestre Revueltas. Other performers on the program included faculty artist Bruce Heim, horn (along with Jon Gustely, Diana Morgen and Steven Causey, all horn players in the Louisville Orchestra), faculty artist Paul York, cello and special guest performer, Grace Baugh-Bennett who performed the Copland Piano Variations (1930). The focus on the concert was to share not only Copland’s music, but selections by other composers who influenced Copland. Chamber Winds Louisville performed two works on the program, Ocho por Radio (1936) and Xochipilli: An Imagined Aztec Music (1940) by Carlos Chávez.

Louisville was the first of five host cities to participate in the “Music Unwound,” a project supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Associated events included programs and exhibits by the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Visual Arts Association and the University of  Louisville School of Music.

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