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'Mujeres ¡Presentes!':
The Secret Songs of Women Latina Composers

15 Nov 2019, 8.00pm


October Gallery

24 Old Gloucester Street, Holborn, London WC1N 3AL

Nearest tube: Holborn / Russell Square


In Advance


£12 Concessions

£10 Members of ILAMS

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'So beautiful!'

BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour)

Enter the captivating world of Luso-Hispanic art song as conceived by its most outstanding and beguiling women authors. Discover the compelling voices of women poets and musicians spanning three centuries from all corners of the Latin world, including Spain, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, presented by two pre-eminent Spanish-British specialists: soprano Lorena Paz Nieto and pianist Helen Glaisher-Hernández.


Alongside the more established names of composers such as Teresa Carreño, Chiquinha Gonzaga, Gisela Hernández, and some of the pillars of Luso-Hispanic letters like Santa Teresa de Ávila, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Gabriela Mistral, the concert also presents the forgotten treasures and forbidden songs of some twenty lesser-known authors, including several British premieres and the celebration of two 2019 centenaries: Hilda Pires dos Reis (1919-2001, Brazil) and María Alvarez Ríos (1919-2010, Cuba). The artists will introduce you to the incredible personalities of all these creative women and the inspiring, and often tragic, biographical stories underpinning their art.


Difficult to define collectively, the songs in this eclectic programme broach a kaleidoscope of themes, covering everything from love, motherhood and gender politics to less stereotypically 'femenine' subjects such as landscape, philosophy and spirituality, articulated through a multitude of musical languages and influences as diverse as plainchant, folk music, jazz, tango, zarzuela, children's songs, Romanticism, film music and various avant-gardes. The best reason to come along to this event is, however, not to hear some great women composers, but simply to hear some great composers! Prepare yourself for an evening of lyric revelations and essential new musical acquaintances that might just leave you wondering how you ever managed to live without them!


Teresa Carreño / Alphonse Marie Louis de Lamartine Feuillet d'album

Gisela Hernández / Angel Gaztelu Miraba la noche el alma

Modesta Bor / Nicolás Guillén Tríptico sobre poesía cubana: 'Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito'

Chiquinha Gonzaga / Chiquinha Gonzaga Lua branca

Judith Weir / (Anonymous) A Spanish Liederbooklet: 'Seranilla de la zarzuela'

María Rodrigo / Martínez Sierra Ayes: ‘No. 3’

Carlota Garriga / (Anonymous) Cançons populars catalanes: ‘Canço del lladre’       

Matilde Salvador / Xavier Casp D’aires de cançó: 'Jo faria'

Irma Urteaga Cánticos para soñar: 'Vocalise'

Catarina Domenici Marielle Presente                                             

Hilda Pires dos Reis / Hilda Pires dos Reis Modinha

Adriana Verdié / Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz de mujeres y elementos: 'mujer agua (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz)'

Ernesto Lecuona / Juana de Ibarbourou Cinco canciones con versos de Juana de Ibarbourou: 'Quiero ser hombre'

Carlos Guastavino / Gabriela Mistral Seis canciones de cuna de Gabriela Mistral: 'Encantamiento'

Antonio Estévez / Ana Teresa Hernández Primeros pasitos

Heitor Villa-Lobos / Dora Vasconcellos Floresta do Amazonas: 'Melodia sentimental'

Alberto Ginastera / Silvina Ocampo Las horas de una estancia: 'Alba'

Ariel Ramírez / Félix Luna after Alfonsina Storni Mujeres argentinas: 'Alfonsina y el mar'

Astor Piazzolla / Eladia Blázquez Siempre se vuelve a Buenos Aires

Manuel García Morante / Santa Teresa de Avila Exclamaciones de Santa María de Jesús: ¡Oh, Dios mío y mi sabiduría!

Yvette Souviron / Yvette Souviron Carnavalito: canción del Altiplano

Meri Lao / Meri Lao Una donna senza uomo

PLUS Ticket includes a complimentary glass of Spanish wine!


Lorena Paz Nieto soprano

Helen Glaisher-Hernández piano

Organised by ILAMS as part of Echoes Festival 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, with the kind support of Ribera del Duero

SNEAK PEEK! Lorena Paz Nieto performing 'Yo soy María' in

                           the trailer for Theatre Lübeck's current

                           production of Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires

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Background video: Iguazú falls on the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay

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