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Tango: Piazzolla and Music of Latin America

June 29 @ 8:00 pm

TICKETS: Premium Reserved $49 | Standard Reserved $35 | Adult Lawn $29 | Child (1-12) & Student Lawn (with valid student ID) $12
GATES OPEN: @ 5:45 PM Early Entry | 6:00 PM General Public
ALCOHOL: A selection of beer and wine will be available for purchase. Customers will also be permitted to bring in outside alcohol for this performance.

The Britt Festival Orchestra brings its 2024 season to a close with a celebration of Latin American dance music and its insatiable energy.

Delight in a sweeping musical tour of Latin America as Alexandra Arrieche leads the Britt Festival Orchestra in works that spotlight the folk traditions of Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, and Argentina. From the pulsating rhythms of Afro-Brazilian drumming in Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez’s Batuque, to Arturo Márquez’s tribute to the festive salon dances of Mexico City and Astor Piazzolla’s sultry, tango-infused take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this program celebrates the kaleidoscopic color and insatiable energy of Latin dance music.

Program and artists subject to change

Recognized for his ability to forge personal connections with audiences, Ignace Jang is the concertmaster of the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra and the Britt Festival Orchestra, and a faculty member of the Music Department at the University of Hawaii Mānoa. He has performed throughout the United States, South America, Asia and Europe in venues such as the Tokyo Bunkamura Hall, the Seoul Arts Center and Paris Théatre des Champs-Elysées. Solo and chamber music appearances include the Hawaii Symphony, Colorado Symphony, the Versailles Chamber Orchestra, L’Orchestre Provence-Alpes- Côte-d’Azur in France, Berlioz, Trièves and Chirens Festivals in his native France, the Jeju Isle Music Festival in Korea. A featured artist of the Music Teachers National Association, Jang recently released a CD of new music with Ebb & Flow Arts. Recent collaborators include pianists Jon Nakamatsu, Jon Kimura Parker, violinists Hilary Hahn, Chee-Yun cellist Franz Helmerson and ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro.

A dedicated educator, Jang spends much of his time ensuring the success of future generations through his various endeavors. “It is the time you have lost for your flower that makes her so important,” says St. Exupéry’s Little Prince. Jang tries to honor this classic quote in his teachings year-round, to students of all ages, and all places. The former director of the String Program at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Jang is currently overseeing the Solo & String Program of the Pacific Music Institute, a summer camp founded by the Hawaii Youth Symphony.

Jang was a grand prize winner at the Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition, held in Italy, where he was also the recipient of the Jury’s Special Prize for outstanding musical personality. He received the early part of his training from Professor Flora Elphege, before entering the Premier Prix as the youngest laureate of that year. Various grants from the Franco-American Commission and the French Ministry of the Culture allowed him to further his studies under the tutelage of Franco Gulli at Indiana University.

Born to Korean parents in Grenoble France, Jang met the violin at the age of five. He grew up listening to the legendary violin virtuosos of the past, nurturing respect for the individuality of their artistry and mastery of their instrument. He later discovered musical genres outside the classical realm and became appreciative of the array of emotions they conveyed. The music of the Americas, ranging from the sixties pop tunes of Detroit to the Argentinean tangos of Piazzolla is of special interest to him. In his playing, he strives to express a similar spectrum of feelings while unfolding a unique color and depth of sound for which he has seen praise in the American, European and Asian Press



Pre-Concert Talk: 7:00 PM on the Sam & Hannelore Enfield Stage in the Performance Garden




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