Thursday, January 18, 2007

Gabriela Lena Frank performance lecture today at Blair, joins Nashville Symphony tonight through Saturday

Incorporates Latino/Latin American themes

Peruvian-Jewish-Chinese heritage

Part of series sponsored by Nashville's ALIAS

"Honesty and genius ... unself-conscious craft and mastery ... brilliantly effective ... striking, original ... luminous"

As part of the Double Take series, ALIAS and the Nashville Symphony are pleased to present a performance lecture with composer Gabriela Lena Frank, who will speak about her string quartet, Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout.

The lecture will be held Thursday, January 18, at 3:00pm in Turner Recital Hall at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Admission is free.

Starting Thursday evening and continuing through Saturday, join the Nashville Symphony as they perform Ms. Frank's work Manchay Tiempo. Also on the program are works by Shostakovich and Prokofiev. This is a rare opportunity to hear how a living composer approaches the composition of both symphonic and chamber works.

According to her publisher, "Composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank has been hailed as representing 'the next generation of American composers.' She regularly draws on and incorporates Latino/Latin American mythology, archeology, art, poetry, and folk music into western classical forms, reflecting her Peruvian-Jewish-Chinese heritage. Her compositions exhibit 'honesty and genius' (Springfield Union-News), 'unself-conscious craft and mastery' (Washington Post), and 'brilliantly effective writing' (New York Times); and have furthermore been described as 'striking, original' (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), and 'luminous... bursting with fresh originality' (Los Angeles Times). Her work Los Sombras de los Apus for cello quartet was recently elected to Chamber Music America's list of 'Top One Hundred and One Great American Ensemble Works.'"

ALIAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit chamber ensemble dedicated to an innovative repertoire, artistic excellence, and a desire to give back to the community. Its wide-ranging repertoire brings Nashville audiences a mix of chamber music that cannot be heard anywhere else, and its education and community programs enrich the lives of Nashville's students, families, and diverse communities with the gift of chamber music.

ALIAS is sponsored in part by the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Nashville Scene, and Ventures Public Relations. For more information, visit

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