Muskegon, Michigan, April 2, 2018—Concertgoers will be transported to exotic Argentina when West Michigan Symphony presents Tango Caliente on April 27 at the Frauenthal Theater. The concert will feature the leading Spanish-American soprano Camille Zamora, a singer who “blazes with passion,” according to Opera Magazine. Joining her will be four award-winning Argentinian dancers and acclaimed bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto. Fiery tango classics will include La Cumparsita, Oblivion, El Choclo, Volver, and Por Una Cabeza. The West Michigan Symphony will be led by guest conductor Matthew Kraemer. The guest artists on this performance are sponsored by Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge.
Eva Lucero and Patricio Touceda, Gimena Herrera and Tomas Galvan, are award-winning dancers who have collaborated together for years. Zamora, Del Curto and the dancers have presented Tango Caliente across the U.S. with such noted ensembles as the Boston and Cincinnati Pops, the Pittsburgh and Forth Worth symphonies, and the orchestras of Nashville, Milwaukee, Louisville and elsewhere. The program was developed by noted conductor and composer Jeff Tyzik, and features his stellar original arrangements.
“Tango Caliente will be an exciting and authentic celebration of this great South American artform, both in music and dance,” said Executive Director Andy Buelow. “The guest artists on this program are the real deal. This concert will be a feast for the eyes, ears and soul!”
Camille Zamora has been cited by The New York Times for her “dramatic and nuanced” interpretations of repertoire ranging from Mozart to tango. Opera Magazine described her as “a singer blessed with intense communicative ability who blazes with passion.” Zamora has collaborated with such artists as Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, Plácido Domingo, and Joshua Bell, and has appeared in concert with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the London Symphony, the American Ballet Theater, and at Aspen Music Festival, among many others. She is the co-founder of Sing for Hope, a non-profit that mobilizes artists in volunteer service and presents projects—such as NYC’s summertime painted street pianos—that make the arts accessible to all. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post, she has been honored with a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Recognition and a 100 Hispanic Women Community Pride Award.
Argentinean Héctor Del Curto was born into a family of bandoneon players, having been introduced to the instrument and the world of tango by his grandfather Héctor Cristobal. By age 17 he was named as the best player under 25 in Argentina and joined the orchestra of the “last giant of tango,” the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese. Today, Del Curto is the bandoneonist of choice for such orchestras as the National and St. Louis symphonies, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has collaborated with the late great tango legend Astor Piazolla, directed the spectacular show Forever Tango on Broadway, and founed the Eternal Tango Orchestra, which has performed numerous times at the Lincoln Center.
Tango Caliente takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 at the Frauenthal Theater. Tickets range from $25-$57; student tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased by calling the WMS box office at 231.726.3231, in person at 360 W. Western Avenue, or online at www.westmichigansymphony.org.