Musical duo present free recital Sunday
A free recital of works for piano and violin is set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sauder Alumni Center, 15th Avenue and Highland Street.
Frequent collaborators Ramiro Miranda, violin, and Martin Cuéllar, piano, will perform in the bright and comfy venue.
“It is a rather eclectic and somewhat contemporary program with such composers as Argentinian Astor Piazzolla, who mixed tango with classical forms to create his own musical language; Celso Machado with his very Brazilian popular music suite; Estonian Arvo Part with his meditative, reflective “Mirror on Mirror” (Spiegel im Spiegel), and “Tango, Song, and Dance” by contemporary composer André Previn,” Cuéllar said.
Works by Piazzolla are frequently on programs in Emporia, however, Part (pronounced “pear-t”), Machado and renowned pianist Previn are less so. The music is lyrical, accessible but not simplistic. So is the space, with it’s airy atrium and elevator for those who may need it.
“One of the reasons the Sauder venue is so nice to perform in is because of the intimacy of the space,” Cuéllar said. “Performers and audience sit very close to each other and the music-making can be experienced very intimately.”
Violinist Ramiro Miranda is professor of violin/viola and conductor of orchestras at Emporia State University. A native of Asunción, Paraguay, he came to the United States to pursue a bachelor’s degree in violin performance at Pittsburg State University and recently completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. According to his faculty biography, he is the recipient of many awards and honors, including first place in the Rosa Mistica violin competition in Brazil in the year 2000, the revelation award in the Cardozo Ocampo music competition in the year 2002, two Concerto Aria competitions, chamber music prizes and a grant from Illinois State University’s Friends of the Arts for a full production of Igor Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale.”
Prior to coming to the United States, Miranda was an active teacher and performer, playing first violin for the Orquesta de la Universidad del Norte, and as an instructor of strings in Escuela Musical Miranda and Proyecto Sonidos de la Tierra. He continues to give recital and lectures for string teachers and students in Paraguay, and oversees the exchange of international faculty with Escuela Musical Miranda, one of the top music schools in Paraguay.
Pianist Martin Cuéllar is professor of piano and piano pedagogy at ESU and an active performer, educator, clinician and composer. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin (DMA, MM) and a performance certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain, where he studied as a Rotary Scholar. Cuéllar has also conducted research and piano studies on the music of Enrique Granados at the Marshall Academy of Music in Barcelona.
As a performer, Cuéllar has played concerts in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay, Spain, Germany, South Korea and China. He is also nationally recognized as a composer of pedagogical piano pieces and is published by the FJH Music Company.