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Latin American Masterpieces for Cello and Piano

  • Embassy of Argentina 1600 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

March 1, 2018 
At 7:30 PM

Embassy of Argentina
1600 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(M) Dupont Circle

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The Pan American Symphony Orchestra presents Croatian cellist Dorotea Racz and Colombian pianist Rodigo Vasco in concert, performing a program with works by composers from Argentina, Brazil, Croatia and Colombia such as Carlos Guastavino, Alberto Ginastera, Jaime León, Rudolf Matz, Heitor Villa Lobos and Astor Piazzolla.

About the artists
Dorotea Racz is the principal cellist and soloist with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra and cello professor at the Catholic and George Mason Universities. She has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Festival appearances include Washington’s European Month of Culture, International Festival Umbria Classica, Festival Rovinj, and PagArt Festival. An ardent chamber musician, Racz is a founding member of Racz-Samogray Duo and Ensemble Accendo. Her solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast on Croatia’s HRT radio and television stations. Racz has collected over thirty top prizes at competitions such as the International Competition Casarza Ligure, International Competition Antonio Janigro for young cellists, and International Competition Valsesia Musica, to mention a few. Recent highlights include a tour of South America, with recitals in Buenos Aires, Santiago, and Lima. 

Rodrigo Vasco is a soloist, collaborative artist, educator and enthusiastic pianist specialized on Latin American music repertoire. Over the last decade he has given solo and chamber recitals including music of Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla, Gabriela Ortiz, Manuel Enriquez, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Hector Campos-Parsi, Guillermo Uribe Holguín and Luis Guillermo Escobar, among other important Latin American contemporary composers. He has developed programs of interactive recitals with the use of multimedia and teaches music to senior non-music students. He holds a Doctoral Music Arts degree from The Catholic University of America (CUA, Washington D.C.) with a minor in Latin American Music (Fulbright Scholarship). Last summer he attended the Ensemble Evolution program at the Banff Center Canada lead by the renowned International Contemporary Ensemble. He currently lives in Medellin, Colombia, his hometown, where he teaches piano and chamber music at different universities and music schools.

* A portion of the proceeds from the DC Tango Festival will be donated to the Orquesta Escuela del Barrio del Triángulo in Rosario, Argentina

This performance is sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and the Humanities and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic, the Embassy of Brazil and the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia.