MJC Pi­ano Recital Features Mex­i­can Mu­sic

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Mu­sic Lives Fall 2017 presents a mul­ti­me­dia pi­ano recital by MJC mu­sic pro­fes­sor Ale­jan­dro Sabre en­ti­tled ‘My Grand­fa­ther’s Mu­sic: Mex­i­can Pi­ano Pieces from the Golden Era of Song’ on Satur­day, Sept.30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fos­ter The­ater at the Gallo Cen­ter for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto.

Sabre, a Mex­i­can-born pi­anist per­forms and talks about the mu­sic of his late grand­fa­ther, fa­mous Mex­i­can com­poser José Sabre Mar­ro­quín dur­ing the recital. An es­tab­lished song­writer dur­ing the ‘30s and ‘40s – an era of blos­som­ing for ra­dio broad­cast­ing and film – Mar­ro­quín wrote sev­eral hit songs made fa­mous by iconic Mex­i­can singers Pe­dro In­fante and Jorge Ne­grete. For the first time, mu­sic was able to reach a mass au­di­ence with broad­casts by the ever pop­u­lar XEW ra­dio sta­tion reach­ing out to all of Latin Amer­ica. Mar­ro­quín’s songs re­ceived high praise for their long and lus­cious melodies, stylis­ti­cally sim­i­lar to Ge­orge Gersh­win and the Amer­i­can song book.

The Mu­sic Lives per­for­mance will in­clude seg­ments of dis­cus­sion, au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion and will be ac­com­pa­nied by a back­drop of images de­pict­ing Mex­i­can folk el­e­ments and art work.

There is a “Meet the Artist” ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion with Sabre at 6:30 p.m. in the Fos­ter The­ater just be­fore the per­for­mance that will be mod­er­ated by for­mer Modesto poet lau­re­ate and MJC English pro­fes­sor Sam Pier­storff. Au­di­ence mem­bers are en­cour­aged to at­tend and par­tic­i­pate by bring­ing ques­tions.

Spe­cial stu­dent-only tick­ets are avail­able for $16 through Fri­day, Sept. 29 at the MJC Au­di­to­rium Box Of- fice, open Tues­day through Fri­day, from noon to 5 p.m., (209) 575-6776. Tick­ets are also avail­able at the Gallo Cen­ter Box Of­fice, or by call­ing (209) 338-2100, or on­line at www.gal­loarts.org.

Mu­sic Lives, a col­lab­o­ra­tive project be­tween the Gallo Cen­ter and the MJC Mu­sic Depart­ment, is ded­i­cated to pre­sent­ing es­tab­lished art mu­sic per­form­ers from around the world at af­ford­able prices.

Dr. Ale­jan­dro Sabre

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