Guillermo Figueroa, music director and conductor:
- Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major ("Pastorale")
- Mariano Morales: Flute Concerto, world premiere, featuring Nestor Torres, flute
- Marquez: Danzon No. 2
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Mariano Morales.
Three important Puerto Rican musicians collaborate on a world-premiere event:
Flutist Nestor Torres, composer Mariano Morales and conductor Guillermo Figueroa will join forces to present the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Mariano Morales.
Commissioned by Figueroa, the Lynn Conservatory of Music and its Dean, Jon Robertson, the first performances of the concerto will take place on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 22 at 4 pm at the spectacular Wold Performing Arts Center on the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Nestor Torres is one of the most prominent and important flutists in the music scene today. Equally at home in the Latin, jazz and classical idioms he has received a Grammy award and several nominations for his 14 recordings as a soloist, and appears regularly with the most notorious musicians and orchestras of the world.
Mariano Morales is a member of an incredible family of Puerto Rican musicians. A versatile artist, his compositions range from symphonic works for orchestra to masterful works and arrangements for Salsa and Latin Jazz bands. An extraordinary pianist and violinist, he has performed with, and composed music for all the greatest Latin artists and bands.
Guillermo Figueroa is also a member of a dynastic musical family. A conductor and violinist, he has led orchestras all over the world, including as Music Director of the Puerto Rico and New Mexico Symphony orchestras, and currently the Santa Fe Symphony. As a violinist, he received a Latin Grammy nomination for his Naxos recording of the violin concertos of Ernesto Cordero.
At a time when Puerto Rico news are dominated by the disaster caused by hurricane Maria, the ongoing fiscal crisis, and the continued exodus of talent from the island, it is refreshing to find good news in the collaboration of these three important representatives of the island’s long tradition of musical culture.