Performance Saturday, December 8, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Música nueva

Zankel Hall
As part of their residency here at Carnegie Hall, members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela introduce four new chamber works, all commissioned by Carnegie Hall, by composers from throughout Latin America. Joining them on this concert is Panama native Danilo Pérez, a jazz pianist and composer whose music is dedicated to exploring the links between musical styles to find what he calls “our diversity through one sound.”

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.

Como parte de su residencia en el Carnegie Hall, los miembros de la Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela presentan cuatro obras nuevas de cámara, todas ellas creadas por encargo del Carnegie Hall, de diversos compositores de América Latina. A este concierto se suma la presencia del panameño Danilo Pérez, pianista de jazz y compositor dedicado a la exploración de los vínculos entre los estilos musicales con el objetivo de encontrar lo que él llama "nuestra diversidad a través de un sonido."

Este concierto es parte de My Time, My Music.

Como parte de sua residência musical no Carnegie Hall, os membros da Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar Symphony da Venezuela apresentam quatro novos trabalhos de música de câmara, todos solicitados pelo Carnegie Hall, por compositores da América Latina. Este concerto contará com o músico panamenho Danilo Pérez, um pianista e compositor de jazz cuja música é dedicada a desvendar os elos entre os estilos musicais do que ele chama de "a nossa diversidade por meio de um som."

Este concerto faz parte de My Time, My Music.


  • Members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
  • Joshua Dos Santos, Conductor
  • Danilo Pérez, Piano
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Piano


  • GONZALO RUBALCABA "Pasos": Chapter One (US Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • DANILO PÉREZ Cuentos del Mar (US Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • ENRICO CHAPELA Acoussence (US Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • ESTEBAN BENZECRY Sombras que guardan el secreto (US Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)


  • Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

    The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) was founded by Dr. José Antonio Abreu and a group of fellow musicians who were inspired by the ideals of Simón Bolívar. The orchestra comprises more than 200 young musicians ages 18-28, and is the flagship of the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar's orchestral academic program, known as El Sistema.

    Across Venezuela, El Sistema currently involves 400,000 beneficiaries-75 percent of whom live below the poverty line-in a system that includes more than 1,550 music groups distributed among 286 academic centers. "For the children that we work with, music is practically the only way to a dignified social destiny. Poverty means loneliness, sadness, anonymity. An orchestra means joy, motivation, teamwork, the aspiration to success," says Dr. Abreu.

    El Sistema allows the musicians of the SBSOV to explore demanding repertoire through master classes and concerts, involving soloists from leading orchestras and arts institutions, such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sibelius Academy of Finland, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, and New England Conservatory. Their work with international conductors has included performances with Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, as well as working for months with Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra's music director and a product of El Sistema.

    The SBSOV has toured Germany several times, and performed at the Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, and Lucerne Easter Festival. In the summer of 2007, it appeared at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and Semperoper Dresden. Later that year, the SBSOV toured to Mexico, Spain, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Carnegie Hall, where the orchestra was conducted by Mr. Dudamel and Mr. Rattle as part of the Berlin in Lights festival. In 2008, the SBSOV performed in residency at the Salzburg Festival and made its Asian debut with concerts in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and Hiroshima. The following year, the orchestra made its Canadian debut to celebrate the awarding of the Glenn Gould Prize to Dr. Abreu.

    Appearances in 2010 included a residency at the Lucerne Festival, a major European tour, and a Latin American tour to mark the bicentennial of the region's independence. Between January and February 2012, the SBSOV participated in a three-week residency at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, alternating with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in performances of Mahler's nine symphonies as part of The Mahler Project led by Mr. Dudamel. This program culminated in Caracas, with concerts by both orchestras at the Teatro Teresa Carreño. In June and July, the SBSOV performed at Stirling Castle in Scotland as part of the Cultural Olympiad, framed within the celebration of the London Olympics.

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  • Joshua Dos Santos

    After his international debut with Venezuela's Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in The Mahler Project with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a part of the Dudamel Fellowship Program, Joshua Dos Santos has emerged as one of Venezuela's most internationally renowned young conductors.

    Known for his versatility and experience on the podium, Mr. Dos Santos has developed his musical skills within Venezuela's El Sistema program. He made his debut at the age of 15, conducting Mascagni's opera Cavalleria rusticana. He is a pupil of Dr. José Antonio Abreu, and has also studied at the State Foundation for the National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela with Mario Benzecry, Sung Kwak, Eduardo Marturet, and Gustavo Dudamel.

    Mr. Dos Santos conducted the Vargas Youth Orchestra (2001-2002) and was a founding conductor of the Carabobo Symphony Youth Orchestra (2002-2009).

    Between 2010 and 2011, Mr. Dos Santos went on tour throughout Venezuela, including Caracas, where he conducted new Latin American compositions during the 16th Latin American Music Festival with Venezuela's Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. He has a deep command of contemporary repertoire, and regularly conducts Venezuelan and Latin American musical works as a way to promote them to a wider audience.

    In 2012, Mr. Dos Santos started working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the guidance of Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Gustavo Dudamel. He was also an assistant conductor during Dudamel's recent European tour with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.

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  • Danilo Pérez

    The extraordinary Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Pérez's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring. Whether leading his own ensembles or touring with renowned jazz masters (such as Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, and Steve Lacy), Pérez is making a decidedly fresh imprint on contemporary music, guided, as always, by his love for jazz.

    Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez started his musical studies at just three years of age with his father, a bandleader and singer. By age 10, he was studying the European classical piano repertoire at the National Conservatory in Panama. After receiving his bachelor's degree in electronics, he moved to the US, where he first enrolled at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and later transferred to the Berklee College of Music. While completing his studies in jazz composition, he performed with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Claudio Roditi, and Paquito D'Rivera. Since the late 1980s, he has appeared with Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, John Patitucci, Tom Harrell, and Gary Burton. He also produced the critically acclaimed Reunion album that featured D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval, and later appeared on Sandoval's Grammy-winning Danzón.

    Pérez is a UNESCO Artist for Peace, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, cultural ambassador of his native Panama, president and founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, artistic advisor of the innovative Mellon Jazz Up Close series at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and faculty member of both the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

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  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba

    Gonzalo Rubalcaba was born in post-revolutionary Havana in 1963. During his childhood, he absorbed the Cuban musical heritage through personal contacts within his family-notably his father, pianist Guillermo Rubalcaba, and his two brothers-as well as from leading musicians who were frequent visitors, including Frank Emilio, Peruchin, and Felipe Dulzaides. Through scarce and treasured recordings, he assimilated the tunes and styles of US jazz masters Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, Charlie "Bird" Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey. Despite the diversity of his background, his initial formal musical training was entirely classical.

    By the time he graduated from Havana's Institute of Fine Arts in 1983, he was already playing in clubs and music halls. He toured with Orquesta Aragón in 1980 and introduced his own Grupo Proyecto to the North Sea and Berlin festivals in 1985. Further works earned him a Latin Grammy for Jazz Album of the Year (Supernova), as well as a Grammy for co-production with Charlie Haden (Nocturne). To his credit, he now has 15 Grammy nominations.

    Rubalcaba has performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Ignacio Berroa, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Herbie Hancock, Richard Galliano, Francisco Céspedes, Tony Martinez, Issac Delgado, Juan Luis Guerra, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Eric Harland, Dennis Chambers, Brian Bromberg, Ron Carter, Yosvany Terry, Matt Brewer, Mike Rodríguez, Marcus Gilmore, Pat Martino, Giovanni Hidalgo, John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, João Bosco, Eric Harland, and Ivan Linz.

    Rubalcaba continues to tour the world as a solo pianist in jazz and classical settings, while also being a bandleader. His repertoire continues to expand beyond straight-ahead, bop, Afro-Cuban, and other forms of jazz into the worlds of traditional Cuban and Mexican ballads, boleros, and Cuban classical works. Rubalcaba has developed his own distinctive voice, challenging traditional musical classifications of the day.

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Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Lead funding for Voices from Latin America is provided by grants from the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsored, in part, by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Mercantil Servicios Financieros.

Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.

Biographies for Enrico Chapela and Esteban Benzecry

Enrico Chapela

Born in Mexico City, Enrico Chapela studied at the Centro de Instrucción y Educación Moderna Private School (CIEM) in Mexico, and later obtained a master's degree in 2008 from the Université Paris 8. Since 2002, he has won several national and international recognitions, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), International Rostrum of Composers, Alexander Zemlinsky International Composition Competition Prize, and Barlow Endowment for Music Composition Prize.

Chapela has received commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dresdner Sinfoniker, Berkeley Symphony, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, New Paths in Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, and Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts. His music has been performed around the world by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, as well as at the Tanglewood Festival and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Chapela teaches composition at CIEM Private School and hosts MetaMúsica, a contemporary music radio show broadcast on Opus 94.5 FM in Mexico City. His music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.

Esteban Benzecry

Argentinean Esteban Benzecry is one of South America's renowned young composers. His most recent works attempt to fuse diverse aesthetic currents in European contemporary music with rhythms and folklore rooted in the Latin American tradition.

Benzecry's works have been commissioned by the Sydney Opera House, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Colburn Orchestra, Ensemble l'itinéraire, and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, among others, as well as the major orchestras of Latin America.

He has been honored with distinctions from the Musical Critics Association of Argentina and Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1995, Benzecry was composer-in-residence at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland; from 2004 to 2008, he was a resident composer at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid. In 2008, he received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Music Composition.

After receiving his diploma as professor of painting from the Buenos Aires Superior School of Fine Arts, Benzecry studied musical composition with Haydee Gerardi and Sergio Hualpa in Argentina and with Jacques Charpentier at the Paris Conservatoire, where he was awarded first prize by a unanimous jury in 1999. He also studied composition with Paul Méfano and electro-acoustic music with Luis Naón and Laurent Cuniot.

Program Notes


Osvaldo Golijov and Gustavo Dudamel on Música nueva: New Latin American composers.

Danilo Perez performs "Galactic Panama."

Latin American Music and Artists at Carnegie Hall: From the Carnegie Hall Archives.

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This performance is part of Notable New Works - Students, and .

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