The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale presents "Tango Nuevo" on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Alberta Bair Theater.
The orchestra will share the stage with professional tango dancers Ana Padron & Diego Blanco and international bandoneon player, Hector Del Curto. Together, they will explore the revolutionary sounds to Tango Nuevo pioneers: Arturo Marquez, Alberto Ginastera, and the father of Tango Nuevo, Astor Piazzolla.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert Cues with Tom Singer begin at 6:45 and the concert follows at 7:30.
Padron and Blanco both attended the New World School of Arts and the University of Florida graduating with honors with bachelor degrees in Performing Arts. Padron was accepted to the Martha Graham Second Dance Company where she trained with Virgine Mecene, Dudley Williams and Linda Hodes. Blanco went on to study modern dance, then Argentine Tango with Osvoldo Zoto, Los Dinses, Diego di Falco, Carlos Perez and Jorge Nel.
Together, they appeared in off-Broadway performances of "Gardel The Musical" and "Let’s Speak Tango." They have also traveled the world performing in festivals, tango competitions and tango fundraisers. Padron & Blanco are also top teachers and performers at Hector Del Curto’s Stowe Tango Music Festival.
In 2015 Padron & Blanco founded Tango for All, a nonprofit dance community in New York City. Tango for All strives to help dance students from all backgrounds to “…respectfully interact with others through body awareness, balance, musicality, and creativity."
During the Harvestfest on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m., they will perform a master clinic under Skypoint in downtown Billings. This pre-concert event is open to the public.
Del Curto was born to play the bandoneon. He was introduced to tango and the bandoneon by his grandfather, himself a bandoneon player.
At 17, he won “Best bandoneon player under 25” in Argentina. He received the Golden Note award from the Italian-American Network. Del Curto has performed with tango legends Astor Piazzolla and Osvoldo Pugliese. Del Curto founded the Stowe Tango Music Festival, the premier tango music festival in the United States.
CYP members are invited to a no-host meet up at Seva Kitchen at 6 p.m. Please RSVP to Sandy Cantesano at firstname.lastname@example.org. The CYP Program is for young professionals ages 21-45 who share a love of music and a desire to support one of Billings’ oldest cultural organizations. Cost to join the CYP Program is $20 per month.