Internationally acclaimed composer, conductor, and pianist Pablo Zinger appeared with Rhina Valentin on BronxNetTV’s OPEN on Friday, March 10 to discuss Bronx Arts Ensemble’s upcoming concert Tangos Old and New at Pregones Theater on Saturday, March 25 at 8 pm as part of the March is Music Series.
On the concert will be tangos popular in the 1920s and 30s: La cumparsita, Taquito militar, A media luz and Por una cabeza; tangos by Piazzolla which combine jazz, classical, Klezmer and other styles: Las cuatro estaciones, Milonga del ángel, Libertango and his song Balada para un loco. Listeners can hear Pablo Zinger’s novel approach to the Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen incorporating tango and joropo styles. The concert will also feature a suite from Piazzolla’s Tango Apasionado, the 1987 show which Zinger recorded with the composer in New York. The program marks the return to the BAE of Zinger, who was active as pianist, conductor and arranger with the Ensemble beginning in 1989.
PABLO ZINGER is widely acclaimed as conductor, pianist, composer, arranger, writer, lecturer and narrator specializing in not only the works of Astor Piazzolla, but tango, Spanish zarzuela and Latin American music. Mr. Zinger has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, and has accompanied Plácido Domingo at Washington’s Constitution Hall and conducted Paquito D’Rivera’s 50 th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall, as well as the Moscow premiere of Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires. He also accompanied Spanish diva Sarita Montiel in New York, and narrated Piazzolla’s Pueblo Joven at Tokyo’s Opera City. He tours and records frequently with the Valencia-based Zinger Septet, and has written articles for The New York Times and Opera News, as well as giving lectures for the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Zinger’s show Bésame mucho (Latinas sing Latinas), presented at Repertorio Español in New York (2012-2015) won the HOLA and ACE prizes. Called “The King of Zarzuela” by Opera News, Mr. Zinger’s CDs include Tango Apasionado with Astor Piazzolla, Chamber Music from the South and The Clarinetist with Paquito D’Rivera, Las Puertas de la Mañana by Carlos Guastavino, and two albums of music by Carlos Surinach with the BAE. He has also conducted the Ensemble with jazz greats Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Néstor Torres and John Faddis.
The program features vocalists Leonardo Granados and Diana López, and 2016 BAE’s Young Bronx Artist Competition winner Linda Collazo. Bronx Arts Ensemble members accompanying the vocalists include flutist Theresa Norris, violinist Jorge Ávila, and cellist Eliana Mendoza.
Tangos Old and New tickets range from $15-30 in advance and $50 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, please click here.