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HCC Presents: Let’s Dance! Tango

HCC Presents: Let’s Dance! Tango

Wednesday October 16, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Holyoke Community College for an evening of Tango. The artist will provide a presentation on the beautiful dance of Tango, including demonstrations in the Historic Belle Skinner Music Room.

Alejandro Pinzón
Orchestra Conductor – Bandoneon player
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Alejandro Pinzón is an experienced teaching artist with a quest to inspire others through innovative programs and artistic experiences. As the co-founder and co-director of “Camerata 33,” he helps promote Latin-American chamber music in the United States, but he is also a bandoneon player with a broad artistic curiosity.

His varied repertoire of activities and projects has taken him around the world, since he first started studying music in his hometown Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Alejandro became a naturalized US Citizen in 2019.

In 2008, he received his Masters in Orchestra Conducting at the University of Texas at El Paso. For 2 years, he was a student of Dr. Lowell Graham, former conductor and commander of the US Air Force Band. He also completed his doctoral studies in orchestra conducting at West Virginia University, having Dr. Mitchell Arnold as his main professor.

Alejandro studied in Berlin, Germany in 2005 with conductor Christoph Hagel, at his invitation. His first conducting lessons came from Dr. Leroy Osmon, composer nominated to Pulitzer and Grammy awards.

He has conducted symphony orchestras and symphonic bands, chamber orchestras, choirs and opera productions in Mexico, USA, and Argentina: Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, Morgantown Community Orchestra, Washington Symphony Orchestra, UTEP Music Theater Company, WVU Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Cattaruzzi de Argentina, Xalapa Chamber Orchestra, City of Merida Chamber Orchestra, Yucatan Opera Company, Coro Latinoamericano Pittsburgh, OvreArts Sinfonia, among others.

In 2007, he starts a serious study of Argentine tango, both music and dance. In 2015, after being a violinist for 20 years, he becomes the first bandoneon player from his home state. The bandoneon is the emblematic and highly complex instrument of tango.

That same year, he starts developing his “Maestro Tango” concept, with which he travels internationally to teach dance workshops and music master classes, conduct concerts, perform with chamber ensembles and orchestras, and to give lectures about tango. “Maestro Tango” has been featured in over a dozen US states, as well as in Mexico, China, Vietnam, Spain, and Greece.

For information about Alejandro’s international activities and to learn more about “Maestro Tango,” please visit www.maestrotango.com or follow him on Facebook @MaestroTango.

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