Belton, Texas – The Department of Music at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is kicking off its season of the Hillman Visiting Artist Series with world-class bandoneon player and Tango artist, Raul Jaurena, performing alongside the Carpe Diem String Quartet and UMHB’s Artist-in-Residence, pianist Michelle Schumann, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 27 in the Hughes Recital Hall of Presser Hall on the UMHB campus.
During the concert Jaurena and company will perform Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Also featured on the program will be Antonio Vivaldi’s iconic work, The Four Seasons for string quartet and harpsichord.
Raised in Uruguay, Raul Jaurena learned to play the bandoneon as soon as he was big enough to hold the instrument. By age eight he had already joined a tango orchestra. From then on, tango was the defining force in his life, taking him all over the world to share his passion with new audiences. As both a composer and active performer, Jaurena continues to reinvent the tango by fusing it with other musical styles. Jaurena’s past collaborations with Paquito D’Rivera, Yo Yo Ma, Giora Freidman, and major orchestras around the world have helped the tango become an internationally beloved art form. After performing with Piazzolla at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jaurena vowed to preserve the spirit of Piazzolla’s music, to ensure that the tango remains a fixture in the cultural landscape of the twenty-first century.
The Carpe Diem String Quartet has been described as “a classical string quartet that rocks.” The group's outside-the-box programming has led them to perform arrangements of everything from Beethoven to Pink Floyd. Thursday they will be bringing their unique style and passion to The Four Seasons.
This concert is made possible through the generous support of the Helen Frances Hillman Fund for Scholarly Exchange. The Hillman Visiting Artist Recital Series is underwritten by The Helen Frances Hillman Fund for Scholarly Exchange. The fund was established in 1999 by Dr. Jimmye S. Hillman in honor of his wife, Helen Frances Smith Hillman, Mary Hardin-Baylor Class of 1946. The fund was designed to foster scholarly exchange at UMHB, particularly in the area of fine arts, music and languages. All performances in the Hillman Visiting Artist Series are free and open to the public. For more information please call the College of Visual and Performing Arts at (254) 295-4678.