From Mambo to Tango with HSU Guitar Ensemble

The HSU Guitar Ensemble continues its year-long exploration of Latin American music on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

The program includes “a wide range of pieces from folk to modern, representing Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Paraguay, and Peru,” said Guitar Ensemble director Nicholas Lambson. “We will be performing with voice, flute, bass, and percussion on this program including the Argentinian tango music of Piazzolla, several bossa nova pieces, and a piece by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. The program will also feature a student composition, ‘Moonstone’ by ensemble member, Kenneth Bozanich.”

Singer Olivia Bright and flutist Erin Laetz perform with the Ensemble on several works. Other performers include Tyler Burkhart, Angel Castaneda, Sandee Castaneda, Nick Hart, Andrew Heavelin, Bryant Kellison, Jason Keyes, Sean Laughlin, Leo Plummer, Leonardo Simmons and Ryan Woempner.

The concert includes two compositions by Manuel Ponce, called Mexico’s first internationally successful classical music composer, and two by Agustín Barrios Mangoré of Paraguay, whose innovative 20th century compositions have recently been recorded by John Williams, among others.

The concert begins with “Mambo Inn” from Cuba, accompanied by conga drums and bass. It ends with a lively section of the influential “History of the Tango” by Argentinean Ástor Piazzolla, featuring the classic combination of guitar (Andrew Heavelin) and flute (Erin Laetz) associated with the first flowering of the form in the late 19th century.

Tickets are available from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door: $8 general, $5 seniors and children, HSU students with ID admitted free. For more information, visit