January 25, 2001
"Spanish Theater Songs and Dances"
Among the performers will be RenÃ© Aravena, baritone, and Twyla, fortepiano. The dances are reconstructed by Linda Tomko and accompanied by a baroque instrumental ensemble (violin, lute and viola da gamba). Dr. Aravena and Dr. Tomko will give short lectures at the beginning of the program, and will provide commentary that will place each song and dance in its historical and cultural context. This concert has been funded in part by a grant from the California Council for the Arts.
RenÃ© Aravena, who received his D.M.A. from the University of Minnesota, is an associate professor of Music and director of Opera Theatre at Cal State L.A. Dr. Aravena, a native of Chile, studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica and has performed roles at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago. In Chile, he majored in English and German translation at the Catholic University in Santiago. He studied voice with Grace Bumbry at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and was a winner of the Voices of Vienna Competition. His versatility as a performer is reflected in his many oratorio, recital, and operatic stage appearances. From 1991 to 1994, he was featured in the University of Minnesota Bach Festival. He also taught voice at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Aravena has written papers on Medieval Spanish Theater and on pronunciation of Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese. He has lectured widely as an expert on pronunciation of Spanish for singers.
Dr. Linda Tomko is a dancer, historian and reconstructor of period dances. She holds a Ph.D. in History from UCLA, and she is an associate professor of dance at the UC Riverside. Dr. Tomko is president of the Society of Dance History Scholars, a national academic society devoted to dance history and related fields. She directs the Baroque dance troupe, "Les Menus Plaisirs," and co-directs with Wendy Hilton the annual Stanford University Summer Workshop in Baroque Dance and its Music.
For tickets or more information, call the Cal State L.A. Music Department at (323) 343-4060.
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