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Bach in Harps at the El Paso Museum of Art

Back in Harps
El Paso Museum of Art
November 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Please join the El Paso Museum of Art on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the El Paso Energy Auditorium at the museum for Bach in Harps. Auditorium seating is on a first come, first served basis and is limited to 200 persons. Those attending the harp performance will receive free admission that evening to Rembrandt, Rubens, and Golden Age Painting in Europe 1600-1800 from the Speed Art Museum on view from September 15, 2012 – January 6, 2013.

Marién Gonzalez, Harp

Marcela Méndez, Harp

Concerto in C minor BVW 1060 for two harpsichords and strings.
Arranged for two harps by Marcela Méndez and Marién González.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque Period. While the existing score is in the form of a concerto for harpsichord and strings, Bach scholars believe it to be a transcription of a lost double concerto in D minor; a reconstructed arrangement of this concerto for two violins or violin and oboe is classified as BWV 1060R. The subtle and masterful way in which the solo instruments blend with the orchestra marks this out as one of the most mature works of Bach’s years at Köthen. The middle movement is a cantabile for the solo instruments with orchestral accompaniment.

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro

Marién González

Marién González is one of México’s leading classical harpists. She studied with Polish instructor Ursula Mazurek at the Superior School of Music in México, and with the Welsh harpist Leuan Jones in England. González has played classical concerts in Argentina, England, México, Perú, Venezuela, and the United States, and has played with the principal symphony orchestras in México such as the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing with the harp in classical settings, González has also experimented playing different musical styles like jazz, pop and folk music. During recent years she has been interested in exploring the relaxing effects the harp and, as a result, has recorded music aimed to help babies sleep.

From 2001 to 2004 González acted as director of the School for Musical and Dance Initiation at the Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center in Mexico City, where she teaches the harp since 1996. In 1998 she published Arpaso a pasito, an introductory harp method book for children which uses Mexican folk songs. She has been invited to lecture at several conferences on the study of harp for children in schools. Her record productions include Arrullo de Angel and Navidad de Angel and a children’s DVD titled Es hora de Dormir, all of which have been recommended by the Mexican Association of Pediatricians.

Marcela Méndez

Marcela Méndez is one of Argentina’s leading classical harpists who began harp studies at the age of nine with Elena Carfi. She later studied with Oscar Rodríguez Do Campo in Argentina, Marielle Nordmann in France, and Mirella Vita and Anna Loro in Italy. Méndez has performed with different Latin American Orchestras including the San Pablo Symphony Orchestra (Brazil-1999), Lima University Symphony Orchestra (Perú-2001), and the National Conservatory of Arts (Perú-2001). She appeared as a soloist in the principal orchestras of Argentina, México and Perú and in soloist and chamber music recitals in Paris, Chicago, Milano, Torino, Madrid, Viena, Mexico City, Veracruz, Lima, San Pablo, Paysandú, and Montevideo. Méndez was also awarded Special Mention in the International Chamber Music Competition in Arles, France (1999).

As principal harp for the Entre Ríos Symphony Orchestra since 1993, Méndez has also been principal harp of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra since 2001. She currently teaches harp at the Universidad Autónoma de Entre Ríos and conducts a Children’s Project teaching harp at the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenily de Niños N° 9901 in Santa Fe. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress. Méndez is dedicated to recovering, preserving, and premiering original music written for the harp by Argentine and Latin American composers. She recently published research on harp history in Argentina and recorded three CDs celebrating original Argentine music for harp on Tradition Records. Méndez is dedicated to recovering, preserving, and premiering original music written for the harp by Argentine and Latin American composers. She recently published research on harp history in Argentina and recorded three CDs celebrating original Argentine music for harp on Tradition Records.

Rembrandt, Rubens, and Golden Age Painting in Europe 1600-1800

Sponsors:

  • ScottHulse PC
  • Kirk and Judy Robison
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • United Bank of El Paso del Norte
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Texas Commission on the Arts
  • Mithoff Burton
  • Dr. Steve and Carol Johnson
  • Travis and Annabelle Johnson
  • Jonathan W. Rogers, Jr.
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation
  • Robert and Sara Shiloff
  • Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry and Watches
  • Mattress Firm

Parking is available at the Convention Center, Camino Real Hotel, and Mills Plaza Parking Garage for a small fee. Limited metered parking is available on Main Street. Free metered parking on Saturdays.

For more information please call (915) 532-1707 or visit ElPasoArtMuseum.org

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