Date: March 30 - April 3, 2023
Venue: University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School Of Music And The College Of Fine And Applied Arts campus.
Tickets: Open to University Students, Public event available, see illinois.edu/epcm-2023/schedule/
MIFA Victory Players Invited For Residency At The University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School Of Music And The College Of Fine And Applied Arts
A Symposium on Puerto Rican Musical Creativity: Encuentro Puertorriqueño de Creación Musical
March 30 – April 2, 2023
HOLYOKE, MA - MIFA Victory Theatre is pleased to announce that the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has invited the MIFA Victory Players to take part in their Symposium on Puerto Rican Musical Creativity. As part of the residency, the MIFA Victory Players will perform “El Puerto Rico, The Rich Port” concert which includes special guest drum and dance group Bomba de Aquí of Holyoke, Sunday, April 2nd, 2023 at 4 PM at Smith Recital Hall. During the residency, the Victory Players will be giving masterclasses, Music Director Tianhui Ng will conduct the Illinois Modern Ensemble (IME) concert with a special bassoon and bongo piece by our Ensemble Manager, Angela M. Santiago, and Bomba de Aquí will present a Bomba workshop. Carlos Carrillo, a MIFA commissioned composer who is an Associate Professor of Composition-Theory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign facilitated the collaboration and will be a moderator for the Futuros Creativos and Luncheon and other events throughout the Symposium.
In addition to the concerts and masterclasses, Music Director Tianhui Ng will take part in the Illinois University’s series “Playing Across the Tofu Curtain and Other Conversing Intersections,” on Sunday, April 2, 2023, 2:00 pm, at the university’s Knight Auditorium of the Spurlock Museum. For more information and schedule of events visit: https://publish.illinois.edu/epcm-2023/schedule/
Giovanni Pérez, Flute
Eric Schultz, Clarinet
Elly Toyoda, Violin
Clare Monfredo, Cello
Nathan Ben-Yehuda, Piano
Robert Rocheteau, Percussion
Music Director, Tianhui Ng
Ensemble Manager, Angela M. Santiago
Commissions and Composers :
Armando Bayolo "Nadie puede dar lo que no tiene"
Gabriel Bouche “i. Washy from Ni Fú, Ni Fa, Los cuentos de siempre ("Same old stories")”
Johanny Navarro "Belén: Un canto sagrado a mis ancestros" (A sacred chant to my ancestors)
José J. Peña-Aguayo "Prints of Lost Breath"
Special guest appearance by Bomba de Aquí in "Prints of Lost Breath"
Brendaliz Cepeda, dancer
Saúl Peñaloza, Bomba drummer
Marvin Vega, Bomba drummer
José J. Peña Aguayo, Bomba drummer/composer
Part of the MIFA Victory Theatre International Arts Academy
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