100 Years of Cuban Music, 1840–1940
with José Ruiz Elcoro
Special Guest: Eglise Gutiérrez
The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce the 12th installment of its Classically Cuban concert series. The concert will be devoted to romantic piano compositions and lyric music from Cuba from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including well-known titles by Ernesto Lecuona, Gonzalo Roig, and Jorge Anckermann. The event will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
The concert will feature José Ruiz Elcoro and, as special guest, Eglise Gutiérrez. Mr. Ruiz Elcoro is a Cuban pianist and musicologist, specializing in Iberoamerican music. He is currently a pianist for the Miami City Ballet. He earned his B.A. in Philology at the University of Havana and graduated from the Ignacio Cervantes Conservatory in Havana. As a piano performer and lecturer, he has appeared in numerous stages and universities in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. He has also published essays on Ernesto Lecuona, Ignacio Cervantes, the Cuban zarzuela, and other aspects of Cuban musicology. He has taught at several conservatories and schools, and has collaborated with the Fundación Musicalia de Puerto Rico. Since 2008, he resides in the United States, where he is a professor at the Kingdom Kids school.
Born in Holguín, Cuba, soprano Eglise Gutiérrez has sung in some of the most prestigious venues of the world. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, during the 2009–2010 season as Linda di Chamonix. She made her Berlin Deutsche Oper Debut as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor. Ms. Gutiérrez has also appeared in concert in Prague, Cannes, Helsinki, and Miami, and in a U.S. tour with Andrea Bocelli. A three-time recipient of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Grant and grant recipient of the Singers Development Foundation, Ms. Gutiérrez has earned top prizes, including first prize in the International Mirjam Helin Competition in Helsinki and the Giargirai Bel Canto Opera Competition. Ms. Gutiérrez graduated (Summa Cum Laude) from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana and from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
More details on purchasing tickets and the program for the concert will be released later.