Featuring the Misa a Buenos Aires by Argentinian composer Martín Palmeri plus works by Alberto Ginastera and Heitor Villa Lobos with Jamie Caporizo, mezzo-soprano and Cuarteto Tanguero.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

7:30 p.m.
Church of Our Lady of Loretto
Saint Mary’s College, South Bend, IN

Guest Artists

Cuarteto Tanguero

Martin Palmeri, composer

Jamie Caporizo, mezzo-soprano

Jamie Caporizo, mezzo-soprano

Ben Bogart, bandoneon

Jamie Caporizo, mezzo-soprano

This concert features a Latin mass setting by the Argentinian composer Martín Palmeri in the style of Tango Nuevo. The work is scored for mezzo-soprano solo, mixed choir, bandoneon, piano, and string orchestra. Also featured will be Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah and Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bendita Sabedoria. Ben Bogart, bandoneonist, will also be featured in some solo works.


Alberto Ginastera: The Lamentations of Jeremiah
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bendita Sabedoria
Martín Palmeri: Misa a Buenos Aires

Martin Palmeri, composerMartin Palmeri studied composition in Argentina and Italy with Daniel Montes, Marcelo Chevalier, Rodolfo Mederos, Virtu Maragno and Edgar Grana (New York), choral conducting with Antonio Russo and Nestor Zadoff, conducting with Mario Benzecry, singing with Amalia Estevez and Jose Crea and piano with Eduardo Páez and Orlando Tripodi.

He is a composer of vocal and instrumental works, many of which the shape and harmony of the tango nuevo are inspired, including operas, oratorios, choral and orchestral compositions. Palmeri took the piano part of his most famous works Misa a Buenos Aires (Misatango) with performances in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, France, Holland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA. The composition was interpreted at the Europa Cantat 2009 festival in Utrecht, Netherlands, within the framework of a studio of conductors, soloists and orchestras. Martin Palmeri brought together with the Cologne Cathedral Choir and Roma Sinfonietta the Misatango in October 2013 in a concert in honor of Pope Francis, which was organized by the Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra, in Rome at the Basilica of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Campo Marzio To hearing.

Palmeri received the first prize for a choral arrangement by the Argentine Chorverband AAMCANT in 2011. The University of Rosario awarded him in 2010 with the first prize for “National Choral Arrangements.” In 2003 he was awarded the National Art Fund the first prize in the genre “Symphonic work” in the Composition Competition Juan Carlos Paz for his Concierto de Danzas for Cello and Orchestra.

Several CDs with Palmeris compositions have been released in Italy, Latvia and Argentina. Palmeri living in Paraná in the province of Entre Ríos .

Originally from Connecticut, Mezzo Soprano Jamie Caporizo recently performed the role of Rosalind in the world premiere of Roger Steptoe’s ‘As You Like It’ for Opera Notre Dame. Other roles of note include Mrs. Noye (Britten’s Noye’s Fludde—Notre Dame Children’s Choir) and Dido (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas—UNC Charlotte Opera). Recent concert appearances include Vivaldi’s Gloria, RV 589 with the South Shore Orchestra. Ms. Caporizo earned the Master of Sacred Music degree at the University of Notre Dame, where she appeared as a soloist with the Notre Dame Chorale (Handel’s Messiah) and Notre Dame Vocale (Elijah with Nathan Gunn, Vivaldi’s Gloria, RV 639 and C.P.E Bach’s Magnificat).

A passionate educator, Ms. Caporizo spent 5 years teaching music in the Connecticut public schools and intermittently travels to Brazil to run a choral program for disadvantaged youth. She is currently an adjunct professor of voice at Indiana UniversitySouth Bend and Saint Mary’s College.

In addition to her performance endeavors, Ms. Caporizo serves as Asst. Director of music and liturgy for the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Notre Dame, IN.

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Ben is a saxophonist turned Bandoneonist. He studied classical music at UC Santa Cruz, and Jazz at Berklee College of Music. He currently studies privately with the most respected Bandoneón Players in Buenos Aires (Rodolfo Mederos, Nestor Marconi, and Carlos Lázzari), and plays with the Orquesta Escuela de Tango de Emilio Balcarce, the school featured in the film Si sos brujo: A Tango Story.

In addition to playing he is working to make the world smaller for tango musicians worldwide, and to help musicians outside of Buenos Aires learn to play tango by making resources available and by teaching what he has and is learning.

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Through their innovative look at classic tango artists and recordings, the members of Cuarteto Tanguero bring traditional tango to new audiences. With every recording and performance, they reach more listeners and inspire them to look at tango in new ways.

The quartet explores tango recordings, manuscripts, and publications by tango masters such as, Juan D’Arienzo, Carlos Di Sarli, Osvaldo Pugliese, among others, embracing the styles and performance of the tango tradition. Through this in-depth research process, the ensemble distills the essence of tango performance into new interpretations that allow audiences to understand the genre’s past. Through their recordings and performances, Cuarteto Tanguero shares the emotions, jokes, gestures, and tragicomic features that speak to the universal human experience.

Audiences learn the cultural context and history of tango through the quartet’s presentations, which aim to inspire audiences to explore tango as vehicle for self-expression. The ensemble’s chamber format – violin, piano, bass, and bandoneón – allows the group to bring tango to a broader listenership, whether it is a small intimate setting or a large concert hall. The group arranges from golden age pieces to contemporary tango to suit the requirements of the ensemble, striking an elegant balance between traditional tango style and modern performance tastes.

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