Houston - In April, the 42nd annual Houston International Festival (HIF) will take patrons on a trip down South America way as they highlight the culture of Argentina for two weekends. On April 21st, at 8:00 p.m., the Hector Del Curto Orchestra and Dancers will perform “Eternal Tango” at the Hobby Center at 800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77056 ushering in the splendid sounds of South American music combined with lush dance.
This concert marks the beginning of an annual tradition, expanding the Houston International Festival’s on-site presentation of the music of the honored country beyond the festival grounds to a featured showcase at the Hobby Center. The spotlight for this year’s festival will be on the history and culture of Argentina.
Praised by the New York Times as a "splendid player," Argentinean Héctor Del Curto has captivated the audiences around the world as a bandoneon soloist and chamber musician, sharing the stage with the world–renowned tango legends Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese, pianist Pablo Ziegler, clarinetist Paquito D´Rivera, ballet dancer Julio Bocca, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra and Teatro Colón Ballet among many others. The bandoneon, an Argentine accordion, is considered to be the primary instrument of tango music.
The 2012 festival will present a breathtaking picture that features the best of Argentinean and South American history, arts and culture. Festival visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to enjoy an international smorgasbord of music, food, art and more.
Guests at the Hobby Center event will enjoy a thrilling performance of “Eternal Tango” featuring the Hector Del Curto Orchestra and Dancers. Award-winning bandoneónist Hector Del Curto will lead some of the world’s finest tango musicians and dancers, including current and former members of the long-touring production “Forever Tango,” as they perform the passionate, sensual rhythms, the lush textures and colors of great Argentinean tango.
Chairman’s Reception and After Party
Preceding the inaugural concert at 6:30 p.m. will be the Houston International Festival Chairman’s reception and fundraiser benefiting the festival’s education program. It will also be a time for the public to meet and greet Chairman Robert Navarro, CEO Kim Stoilis, festival VIPs and enjoy delectable Argentinean bites and cocktails.
Immediately following the inaugural concert will be the Eternal Tango after party and milonga, which will provide an opportunity for festival goers and concert attendees to meet and greet Bandoneónist Hector Del Curto & Eternal Tango and try tango steps themselves at 10:00 p.m. in Hobby Center’s Grand Lobby.
Hobby Center Events
Saturday, April 21
Chairman’s Reception, 6:30 p.m.
Inaugural Concert: Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Eternal Tango After Party & Milonga, 10:00 p.m.
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