Pianist Ana Cervantes will present the New York Premiere of Song of the Monarch: Women in Mexico, selections from a set of commissioned works on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 PM in The Music Room of Saint Peter’s Church, Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in Manhattan. The concert is sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York City, Caterina Toscano, Executive Director and will be the New York launch celebration for the double CD recording of these works.
American composer Joelle Wallach’s Lagrimas y Locuras: Mapping the Mind of a Madwoman will be featured, along with solo piano works by Colombia’s Alba Potes, the U.S.’s Anne LeBaron and Mexico’s Marcela Rodriguez and Mario Lavista.
Song of the Monarch: Women in Mexico is Ana Cervantes’ current commissioning and recording project, in which the pianist asked 16 composers of six countries –U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Great Britain, and Spain—for a piece for solo piano inspired by some woman from Mexican history. The project takes as its symbol the Monarch butterfly: a metaphor for persistence and valour in a body fragile only in appearance. Cervantes has recorded all the Monarca music with support from EPROMúsica, a major grant from CONACULTA (National Council for Culture and the Arts) and INBA (National Institute of Fine Arts) of México. More about the Song of the Monarch project at http://cantodelamonarca.com/eng.html.