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Alhambra Performing Arts Center (APAC), under the direction of Chef/Artistic Director Bill Yee, will present internationally acclaimed Music of Argentina in a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra.
Group leader M. Belén Oliva de Pachalian was born in Córdoba, Argentina, and began her musical studies in the School of Children Singers of Córdoba, singing as a part of choirs and as a soloist in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina. Belen’s group will focus on composers from Argentina, Spain, and Latin America. Everyone is invited to a musical journey to discover roots and the development of music in Argentina. This trip will guide the audience from the northwest, the “Altiplano” in the Andes, which connects Peru and Bolivia in South America, where the indigenous songs echoed in the solitude of the mountains. Continue on to the center of the country, the “Pampas” where the “gauchos,” the Argentinean cowboys, played the guitar and bombo after working hard in their rural work. Feel the horses running in the solitude of the plains. Then, moving ahead in time and finishing in the urban center of Buenos Aires, where the immigrants from Europe came with their music, instruments, and nostalgia to culminate in the most delicate mix of musical elements, the Tango.
Matias Pachalian, cello, is the former principal cello of Glendale High School Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber String Quartet, GUSD Honors Concerts from 2010 to 2014, and GHS solo competition winner 2017. Currently playing in Lake Avenue Church Chamber Orchestra, String Quartet, and principal cello in Lake Community Orchestra in Pasadena, Matias is principal cellist and board member for the Concerto Chamber Orchestra at USC, also recording for films, musicals, and other student projects.
Julio Ledezma was born in Posadas Misiones. At 6 years old, he started playing in Scolas do Samba (samba schools) in this city heavily influence by Brazilian music. He performs bombos, charango and guitar with the Glendale Philharmonic conducted by fellow Argentinean Composer and Director Lalo Shiffrin at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Also with Arco Iris, under the direction of Lalo Shiffrin, played charango and bombos legueros as part of the movie score of Shirley Mclaine’s Out on a Limb.
Adan Fernandez is the director of music and the organist at Holy Family Catholic Church. He has performed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Hour of Power, Biola University, Chapman University, and as a sponsored performer for the Orange County chapter of the American Guild of Organists. His articles on worship and music education have been published in Reformed Worship, ChorTeach, and Sacred Music.
APAC is starting its 14th season presenting world-class performers from classical to jazz, pop, dance, and more. Mr. Yee is also an award-winning Le Cordon Bleu chef who owns the Alhambra Culinary School and LA Omelets Catering Service.
Refreshments will be provided by the chefs at the Alhambra Culinary School.
Admission is free. Free will offerings are accepted during the intermission.
For more information, please contact Mr. Yee at 626-230 5435, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.