Irvine Barclay Theatre: Astor Piazzolla @100 Between Angels & Demons Philippe Quint, Quint Quintet and members of Joffrey Ballet

by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative

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Wed, May 18, 2022

7 PM – 8:30 PM PDT (GMT-7)

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Philippe Quint, violin

Natalie Fernandez, vocalist
Rodolfo Zanetti, bandoneón
Pedro Giraudo, bass
Alom Ahmed, piano
Federico Diaz, guitar

Christine Rocas, dancer*
Derrick Agnoletti, dancer*
Edson Barbosa, dancer*
Nicolas Blanc, choreographer*

*Appearance courtesy of the Joffrey Ballet, Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director


PIAZZOLLA: Michelangelo '70
PIAZZOLLA: Milonga del Ángel
PIAZZOLLA: Muerte del Ángel
PIAZZOLLA: Le Grand Tango (violin and piano)
PIAZZOLLA: 'Yo soy María’from María de Buenos Aires
BLÁZQUEZ: Siempre su vuelve a Buenos Aires
PIAZZOLLA: Libertango
PIAZZOLLA: Las Cuarto Estaciones Porteñas

Poems by Lila Zemborain
Verano Porteño (Summer)
Otoño Porteño (Autumn)
Invierno Porteño (Winter)
Primavera Porteña (Spring)

PIAZZOLLA: Oblivion (world premiere ballet)
PIAZZOLLA: Histoire du Tango: Concert d’aujourd’hui
PIAZZOLLA: Concierto para Quinteto

Multi-Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint and members of the world-class, Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet celebrate tango legend Astor Piazzolla in a performance of music and dance.

Lauded by The Times (London) for his “bravura technique and unflagging energy,” Philippe Quint is internationally praised for his unique takes on classical core repertoire, support of contemporary composers and passion for giving new life to neglected works. For this celebration of Argentine composer and virtuoso bandoneón player Astor Piazzolla, Quint collaborates with the renowned Joffrey Ballet, one of the premier ballet companies performing today.

The year 2021 marked the centennial of Astor Piazzolla. The single most important figure in the history of tango, Piazzolla created a whole new musical genre based on Argentina’s national dance. Breaking boundaries and revolutionizing traditional tango, he introduced the world to tango nuevo: a fusion of tango, jazz, klezmer, and classical music. The Piazzolla style is bold, unique, immediately recognizable, and utterly irresistible.

Join us as Philippe Quint and his Quint Quintet are joined by the members of Joffrey Ballet to perform some of Piazzolla’s most iconic works as part of a narrative tracing the musical and personal journey of an extraordinary musician. Come and discover the man whose life story was, in his own words, "one of both angels and demons."

"Quint’s tonal opulence, generously inflected with subtle portamentos, sounds like a throwback to the glory days of Fritz Kreisler." – BBC Music Magazine

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