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The KPAC Blog features classical music news, reviews, and analysis from South Texas and around the world.

New Year, New Discoveries From South America

As is so often the case, discoveries are made by the back way. I was browsing today the upcoming 2014 programming of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, conducted by my old acquaintance Enrique Arturo Diemecke. I saw many familiar composers, but a sprinkling of unknown, mostly Latin American composers as well. Esteban Benzecry, an Argentine musician, was among them. It was a new name to me, and new music--they're playing his Violin Concerto in Buenos Aires. My old habits as producer of the radio show Itinerarios are hard to break. I immediately went online in search of Maestro Benzecry and stumbled on this stimulating piece for large (and I mean VERY large) orchestra. The performance took place last summer at London's Southbank Centre, during the residency by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. "Rituales Amerindios" is well worth a 25 minute investment of your time. Fast forward, if you must, through the talk at the beginning, though if you have the time and patience there's some interesting stuff. For sure, listen to this music and keep an eye out for Esteban Benzecry!

James first introduced himself to KPAC listeners at midnight on April 8, 1993, presenting Dvorak's 7th Symphony played by the Cleveland Orchestra. Soon after, he became the regular overnight announcer on KPAC.