Concert Features Mexican Music, Concerto-Aria Finalists
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Augustana College and Community Orchestra presents a concert of Mexican symphonic music on Saturday, May 8, at 8:00 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. The orchestra will be under the baton of guest conductor, Maestro Antonio Tornero. In addition to celebrating symphonic music of Mexico, it is also Augustana’s annual Concerto-Aria concert.
Five talented Augustana students will be featured with the orchestra. They are Christopher Haak (Urbandale, IA), bassoon; Megan Hasche (Sioux Falls), marimba; Rachael Hoogendoorn (Sioux Falls), soprano; Josh Lund (Omaha, NE) tuba; and Casey Ortbahn (Pierre, SD), piano. These students are winners of this year’s Augustana Concerto-Aria Competition, and were competitively selected by an outside panel of judges.
The program will feature rarely heard orchestral selections from Mexico. The orchestra will be guest conducted by one of Xalapa’s foremost musical celebrities, Maestro Antonio Tornero, director of the Instituto Superior de Musica del Estado de Veracruz. Maestro Tornero is highly regarded as a conductor, violinist, and music educator throughout Mexico. The concert music includes many works that incorporate popular folkloric Mexican elements. Composers featured on the program include Marquez and Moncayo. The national anthems of Mexico and the United States will be performed.
Tickets are $5 for adults/seniors, and free for students K-12. To order tickets, go to www.augietickets.com or call the Augustana Box Office at 605.274.5320.