The South Bend Symphony Orchestra welcomes a sizzling tango troupe at Tango Caliente! on February 11 at the Morris Performing Arts Center. Join the South Bend Symphony Orchestra for a night of fiery tango classics with sizzling soprano Camille Zamora and dazzling bandoneón virtuoso Hector Del Curto. In addition, award-winning and internationally acclaimed Argentinian dancers Eva Lucero and Patricio Touceda join in for an evening dedicated to the dance of romance.
The combination of fiery Tango classics, including La Cumparsita, Oblivión, El Choclo, Por Una Cabeza by composers like Ástor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel, and more, pairs the mesmerizing movements of dance with the power of the Symphony. Prepare to fall in love with the seductive sound and artistry of dance at Tango Caliente!
Tango dance and music originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, about 150 years ago and today is a global favorite by people of all ages. Its passionate, sensual nature and distinctive rhythm create this music by alternating long and short notes played on the bandoneón, a type of accordion.
The South Bend Symphony Orchestra is grateful for Indiana Trust Wealth Management’s support of the Pops Series. Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka proudly supports the 90th Season Guest Artists, like those featured during Tango Caliente!
ONLINE – www.morriscenter.org/event/tango-caliente-south-bend-symphony-orchestra
PHONE – Morris Performing Arts Center Box Office 574-235-9190
(10 am – 2 pm, Tuesday – Thursday)
IN-PERSON – Visit our friends at the Morris (211 N. Michigan St., South Bend) during the times listed above or two hours before any performance.
To VIEW the 2022-23 Season schedule, visit www.southbendsymphony.org
About the South Bend Symphony Orchestra
Embarking on its 90th season, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra is the region’s only professional orchestra and is committed to engaging the community in all it does. In addition to being recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and other state and local arts funding organizations, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra is the recipient of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s 2019 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence, which recognizes the best-run nonprofit organization in St. Joseph County, Indiana.
About Camille Zamora
Hailed by NBC Latino and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as a leading interpreter of classical Spanish song, Camille’s performances of Spanish repertoire have been heard on five continents, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Zimbabwe’s Harare International Festival, and in live broadcasts on NPR, BBC, Deutsche Radio, and Sirius XM. She has performed Tango Caliente and Sueños de España – her signature concerts of zarzuela arias, boleros, and more arranged for her by Grammy® Award winner Jeff Tyzik – with orchestras including Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and more. She has performed and recorded principal roles in zarzuelas including La Verbena de la Paloma, La Revoltosa, La Tabernera del Puerto, and Luisa Fernanda, the latter in ten sold-out performances with LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Camille has sung with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including Orchestra of St. Luke’s, London Symphony Orchestra, Guadalajara Symphony, and American Symphony Orchestra, and in live broadcasts on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio, and Sirius XM. She performed Brahms’ Liebeslieder with Leon Fleisher at Aspen Music Festival, Beethoven’s Mass in C at Alice Tully Hall, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “The Resurrection” with Chattanooga Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Tucson Symphony, Schubert Lieder for the opening night of American Ballet Theater at City Center, Bach’s Magnificat at Carnegie Hall, and, also at Carnegie Hall, the premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Song of Elos, a performance she repeated at the American Academy in Rome. A champion of contemporary music, she made her Lincoln Center Festival debut in Bright Sheng’s Poems from the Sung Dynasty for Soprano and Orchestraand premiered Grammy® Award winner Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s Away, but Not Far Away at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. She has performed Aaron Jay Kernis’ Simple Songs for Soprano and Orchestra under the baton of the composerand works of Ricky Ian Gordon with the composer at the piano at Lincoln Center. She has also premiered works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Bernd Franke, Roberto Sierra, Henry Brant, and Richard Wargo with companies including Spoleto Festival USA, New York Festival of Song, Continuum, and American Opera Projects.
Camille’s recent seasons have featured performances with Yo-Yo Ma at the US Capitol, her Kennedy Center recital debut, and operatic roles including the tour de force double-bill of La voix humaine and I Pagliacci, which was cited as “Favorite Performance of the Year” by The Columbus Dispatch. Other recent highlights include music of Enrique Granados with Yo-Yo Ma and Cristina Pato in the award-winning documentary film The Music of Strangers; American Songbook classics by Gershwin, Berlin, Ager, and Arlen with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste in Los Angeles and New York City; and Twin Spirits: Robert and Clara Schumann at Lincoln Center and LA’s Music Center in collaboration with Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Nathan Gunn, Trudie Styler, and Sting.
An advocate for arts in education, Camille is the Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, a leading “arts peace corps” that creates initiatives – including the Sing for Hope Pianos in parks and public spaces from the Bronx to Beirut – that promote the mission of art for all. She has presented and performed at The United Nations, the US Capitol, Aspen Institute, Harvard University, Oxford University, and the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship. She has been honored with a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award, a World Harmony Torch-Bearer Award, a 100 Hispanic Women Community Pride Award, and named one of the Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy by Town & Country, NY1’s New Yorker of the Week, and one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People. Camille is a graduate of The Juilliard School, and serves on the Boards of Directors of Juilliard and Grameen Creative Lab.
About Hector Del Curto
Praised by the New York Times as a “splendid player,” Grammy-winning musician, composer, recording artist and educator Hector Del Curto is one of the world’s most sought–after bandoneonists. He has performed with many renowned artists across musical genres, and appeared with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Del Curto’s recent engagements include a recorded performance of Piazzolla’s bandoneon concerto Aconcaguawith the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Thomas Wilkins, a performance of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and a performance with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, which included Del Curto’s composition, Paris to Cannes. His 2022-2023 season highlights include performances with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra with his quintet and his son Santiago and a recording of his commissioned work, Trace of Time with the Apollo Chamber Players.
Buenos Aires-born Del Curto is a fourth-generation bandoneonist who won the title “Best Bandoneon Player Under 25” in Argentina at age 17, and was subsequently invited to join the orchestra of the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese, the “Last Giant of Tango”. In 1998, Mr. Del Curto became music director of Forever Tango, a Broadway hit that continues to tour the world. Soon after, he founded the Eternal Tango Orchestra, a ten–piece ensemble that debuted at New York’s Lincoln Center, as well as the Hector Del Curto Tango Quintet. Both are featured on his self-produced albums, Eternal Piazzolla and Eternal Tango, which were profiled by BBC News and Public Radio International.
Mr. Del Curto has appeared on recordings with such artists as Osvaldo Pugliese, Astor Piazzolla, Paquito D’Rivera, Tito Puente, and Plácido Domingo. As part of the Pablo Ziegler Trio, he received a 2018 Grammy award for Jazz Tango.
Dedicated to the education, outreach, and the preservation of tango, Mr. Del Curto co-founded the Stowe Tango Music Festival in 2014, and continues to serve as its artistic director. The premier tango music festival in the United States, it draws the most talented tango musicians and dancers, as well as fans, from all over the globe. He also produced the festival’s awarding-winning album: Live at the 2016 Stowe Tango Music Festival.
About Eva Lucero and Patricio Touceda
Eva Lucero and Patricio Touceda were born in Argentina. Lucero started her career as a ballet dancer and studied modern dance at Teatro San Martin School in Buenos Aires. She discovered tango later in her life.
Touceda, on the other hand, started with Argentinian folk dance and tango when he was 10 years old. He learned directly from some of the most renowned tango maestros and milongueros. Perhaps it is this explosive combination of energy, personalities and styles that make their dancing so unique.
Eva Lucero and Patricio Touceda have a great reputation as tango instructors. They have taught in Argentina and traveled around the world to teach master classes and workshops to students of all levels. They performed with Cirque du Soleil, Forever Tango, and created their own show “Tango Caliente” and performed in many symphony orchestras throughout North America. They currently teach In the Seattle area, where they contributed to promote and grow Argentine Tango for the last 20 years.
About Gimena Herrera and Tomas Galvan
Tomas and Gimena are two of the most requested artists in today’s Argentine tango. They toured United States, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Mexico and China, integrating important dance companies from Argentina and the United States; also as masters of tango dance. They performed at the world famous Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, at the “Vail international dance festival” and “Israel international festival” with the show “Romper el piso” as choreography assistants and dancers. They created diverse choreographies, for dance groups and artistic education institutions of Argentina.
Tomas and Gimena were honored with an invitation to Rome to dance at the Pope Francis’ birthday party. They were sub champions of the Buenos Aires tango dance metropolitan championship 2009, where more than 200 dancing couples competed. They were finalists in the tango dance world championship. They have appeared in theaters around the world, receiving excellent reviews where they went.
They performed with the important symphonies of Dallas, Edmonton, Michigan, Milwaukee, with the show “Tango Caliente” conducted by the Grammy winner Jeff Tyzik.
Tomas, is co-author of the book “Arte para la vida” published in Argentina, by the vocational school of artistic expression of Catamarca.
They are creators, choreographers and stars of their production “Tierra y fuego que camina”. The title of this dance theater show, is inspired by Atahualpa Yupanqui, an Argentine poet and artist. Earth and fire is the landscape of the world and the human heart where the essence of tango is always found. The show traces the experiences of two people celebrating life in each movement, in each melody both human and divine, two pilgrims in search of dreams, pilgrims of a road that never ends. their tango brings the action of the big city and nature, as pure and elemental as Earth and Fire.