Saturday,17 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1399, (28 June - 4 July 2018)
Saturday,17 November, 2018
Issue 1399, (28 June - 4 July 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Intercontinental

On World Music Day, Reham El-Adawi was mesmerised at the Cairo Opera House Small Hall  

Intercontinental
Intercontinental

World Music Day (the Fête de la Musique) originated in France in 1982. It is a connected set of free public events which takes place each year on 21 June, the summer solstice. Each year there are events in over 120 countries (700 cities) around the world.

In Egypt the Colombian Embassy, represented by its Ambassador Alfonso Soria Mendoza, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo directed by Paolo Sabbatini – and under the patronage of Puglia Sounds – organised a meeting of Colombian soprano Betty Garcés and Italian pianist Antonia Valente in a concert that paid homage to the great Florentine composer Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, marking 50 years since he died. Born in Florence in 1895, Tedesco is among the greatest guitar composers of the 20th century. His opera La Mandragola, based on a play by Machiavelli, premiered in 1926. In 1939 he immigrated to the US, where he became a studio composer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for 15 years. Garcés, the Soprano of the Pacific, was aided by Valente’s consummate skill performing Tedesco extracts as well as music from Europe and the Americas.

Garcés’s earned her degree from the Conservatory Antonio Maria Valencia in Cali, Colombia under the mentorship of the professor Ivonne Giraldo, her masters in opera and lied from the High School of Music in Cologne, Germany under the supervision of the professor Klesie Kelly Moog. She has performed across the world.

Valente, a passionate chamber musician, studied under Benedetto Lupo and Roberto Bollea at the Conservatory of Music of Monopoli and at the Hochschule für Musik di Freiburg im Breisgau and HMTM, Hannover, where she is currently a lecturer. Since completing her masters in 2008, she has partnered with such soloists as Garcés, Julia Farres-Llongueras and Pablo Rapado.

At the end of the concert, Mendoza and Sabbatini stepped on the stage to present the artists with bouquets of flowers.      

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