August 17, 2016 @ 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
700 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
$75 | $50


Jazz Meets the Classics

Woodwind master Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of fourteen Grammy® Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.

PIAZZOLLA    Concierto para Quinteto for Clarinet and String Quintet (arr. by Gabriel Senanes)
D’RIVERA    Fiddle Dreams for Violin and Piano
D’RIVERA    Four Pieces from the South
SENANES    Contratango – World Première
ASLAN    Tangua, (arr. by Gabriel Senanes)
G.M. RODRIGUEZ    La Cumparsita
D’RIVERA    Ladies in White
D’RIVERA    Improvisations for Clarinet and Piano

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Woodwind master Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of fourteen Grammy® Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. Join Paquito, bassist Pablo Aslan, pianist Alex Brown and a host of SummerFest artists as jazz fuses with classical for a not-to-be-forgotten evening of great music.

PIAZZOLLAConcierto para Quinteto for Clarinet and String Quintet (arr. by Gabriel Senanes)
Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet, Pablo Aslan, bass, Escher String Quartet ,
D'RIVERAFiddle Dreams for Violin and Piano
Andrew Wan, violin; Alex Brown, piano
Four Pieces from the South
Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet,
Escher String Quartet , Pablo Aslan, bass, Alex Brown, piano
Escher String Quartet , Pablo Aslan, bass
ASLANTangua (arr. by Gabriel Senanes)
Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet,
Escher String Quartet , Pablo Aslan, bass,
G.M. RODRIGUEZLa Cumparsita
Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet,
Escher String Quartet , Pablo Aslan, bass,
D'RIVERALadies in White
Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet, Brook Speltz, cello, Alex Brown, piano
Improvisations for Clarinet and Piano
Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet, Alex Brown, piano
D'RIVERATo Brenda with Love


D’RIVERA: Fiddle Dreams
Paquito D’Rivera, clarinet

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PROGRAM NOTES: An Evening With Paquito D'Rivera

Concierto para Quinteto

Born March 11, 1921, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Died July 4, 1992 Buenos Aires

Around 1981, Astor Piazzolla composed this impressive piece for his own violin, bandoneón, piano, electric guitar and contrabass quintet, and later on the multi-talented porteño composer-oncologist-journalist Gabriel Senanes arranged for clarinet and string quintet as part of my 2005 Latin-Grammy® award-winning CD Riberas. - Paquito D'Rivera

Four Pieces from the South


There are only two kinds of music: good and…the other stuff – used to say the great Duke Ellington, trying to get away from the useless divisions so often applied to musical genres. Commissioned by the Library of Congress for a traditional violin-piano format, but using some elements of Be-Bop and Latin-American music, Fiddle Dreams pretends to eliminate those stylistic barriers, combining the virtuoso approach of the classical soloists with the improvisational skills and sense of swing inherent to the jazz players. - Paquito D'Rivera

Fiddle Dreams for Violin and Piano

Born June 4, 1948, Marianao, Cuba

Four Pieces from the South are the result of my passion from the huge rhythmic and melodic variety to be found in the music south of the U.S. border. In this case, using the dynamic Merengue and Joropo from Venezuela in contrast with the melancholic Argentinean slow Milonga. - Paquito D'Rivera


Born April 16, 1956, Buenos Aires

Gabriel Senanes is a composer and conductor whose works have been recorded extensively and have received numerous awards. He has written for film, TV and theater. He was awarded a Latin Grammy® for Best Classical Album in 2005 for his work with Paquito D’Rivera and Cuarteto Buenos Aires, Riberas. Contratango is a little concert for Contrabass and String Quartet that speaks in Tango language. In Spanish, as in English, the prefix “contra” means “against”. But it doesn’t mean in this case that Contratango is against the tango, as the name of the Contrabass doesn’t mean “against the bass”. On the contrary, the piece includes many of the melodic and rhythmic characteristics and “special” effects of the Argentine Genre. Among others, the “sand paper,” “drum” and “whip” sounds, the “strapatta” percussion effect of the contrabass, and of course, the typical syncopated patterns of the tango. Similar doses of lyricism and violence make Contratango a genuine composition in favor of the tango and the bass. This piece was commissioned by and is dedicated to Pablo Aslan, and this is going to be its world première. - Pablo Aslan


Born May 5, 1962, Buenos Aires

Tangua (2016) is the first part of Tanguajira, a piece I wrote for Paquito D’Rivera and that we premièred (and recorded) together at Jazz @Lincoln Center in 2011 with an eight piece tango jazz ensemble. It works the relationship between tango and the Cuban guajira, two Afro-Latin American cousins, in rhythm and in melody. This version was arranged by Gabriel Senanes, and it allows me to improvise a musical dialogue with Paquito.

La Cumparsita

Born March 28, 1897, Montevideo, Uruguay
Died April 25, 1948, Montevideo, Uruguay

Arguably the most famous tango in the world, La Cumparsita was originally written by the young Uruguayan architect and composer Gerardo Matos Rodriguez as a student march. Argentine bandleader and pianist Roberto Firpo transformed it into a tango and added a third section to create this emblematic tango. The première was in 1917, when tango was starting to abandon it’s relationship with the old habanera (tango) rhythm, and becoming a march-like rhythm more suitable to accompany the dance that taken over the world. La Cumparsita, with it’s straight quarter note melody, was the perfect embodiment of this transformation. - Pablo Aslan

Ladies in White


In the early hours of March 18, 2003, after a cruel and violent crackdown, the Cuban political police incarcerated a group of 75 independent journalists, pacific dissidents and human rights activists. They were sentenced to serve from 2 to 28 years in prison, just for the “crime” of writing, informing or even speaking their minds openly. These sad events are known as “The Cuban Black Spring”, and ever since, wearing all white clothes and carrying gladiolus flowers in their hands, in spite of the threats, beatings and harassments against them, a group of mothers, wives and sisters of these prisoners of conscience, calling themselves “Las Damas de Blanco,” or “Ladies in White,” march regularly on the streets of the city of La Habana, claiming amnesty for their unjustly incarcerated relatives.

This work, commissioned by the Graduate Center of CUNY (City University of New York), and premièred at the same spot by the author on clarinet, Alex Brown on piano and cellist Dana Leong in May of 2010, is a tribute to those brave women and their families. - Paquito D'Rivera

SUMMERFEST 2016: Artist Roster

Cho-Liang Lin - SummerFest Music Director

Keith Buncke
James Conlon
Danish String Quartet
      Frederik Øland, violin
      Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin
      Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola
      Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello
Escher String Quartet
      Adam Barnett-Hart, violin
      Aaron Boyd, violin
      Pierre Lapointe, viola
      Brook Speltz, cello
FLUX Quartet
      Tom Chiu, violin
      Conrad Harris, violin
      Max Mandel, viola
      Felix Fan, cello
The Montrose Trio
      Martin Beaver, violin
      Clive Greensmith, cello
      Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Time For Three
      Nicholas Kendall, violin
      Nikki Chooi, violin
      Ranaan Meyer, bass
Zukerman Trio
      Pinchas Zukerman, violin
      Amanda Forsyth, cello
      Angela Cheng, piano
SummerFest Chamber Orchestra
Fellowship Artist Ensembles:
Beacon Street Trio
      Luke Hsu, violin
      Rainer Crosett, cello
      Sophie Scolnik-Brower, piano
Verona Quartet
      Jonathan Ong, violin
      Dorothy Ro, violin
      Abigail Rojansky, viola
      Warren Hagerty, cello
Eric Bromberger
Nicolas Reveles
Steven Cassedy
Nuvi Mehta
Marcus Overton