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Frank Dominguez

Concierto, produced by WDAV Classical Public Radio, is America's first nationally distributed bilingual (Spanish-English) classical music program that calls special attention to the contributions to the art form by Latin-American and Spanish composers and performers. With generous support from listeners and organizations, including a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, WDAV has the opportunity to accomplish important educational, cultural and business goals with Concierto, including:

  • Attract a new Spanish-speaking audience to classical music while building awareness of and appreciation for Latin-American and Spanish classical music.
  • Build WDAV’s access to – and public radio listeners’ familiarity with – prominent artists of Spanish- and Latin-American heritage.
  • Educate listeners by providing background on composers, eras and musical terms. Concierto introduces casual listeners to classical music and offers a free and freely-accessible path to appreciation. The bilingual presentation offers listeners an opportunity to hone or acquire second-language skills.


  • Monday, September 10, 2012 11:09am

    Frank Dominguez By Frank Dominguez
    The historic 2012 tour of the United States by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba takes the ensemble to a total of 20 cities, ranging from the wide-open spaces of the Midwest to the industrial North; from the major metropolitan areas of the East Coast to sunny stretches of Florida. But of all those places, I chose to catch the orchestra in the charming Southern town of Aiken, SC.

    Part of the reason was practical: Aiken is less than a three-hour drive from Davidson, NC where I host and produce Concierto, the nation's first bi-lingual (English/Spanish) program celebrating the Latin contribution to classical music. But I was also intrigued to experience how the orchestra would go over in the South.

    I awaited them backstage at the Etherredge Center, on the University of South Carolina campus in Aiken, where the orchestra performed on Friday, November 2nd. A studio theater had been set up as their green room, and a modest catered meal of sandwiches had been laid out in the passageway between the auditorium and their temporary lounge. The orchestra was late in arriving, but, given the punctuality of my Cuban-American relatives, I wasn't surprised. Besides, they were coming from Opelika, Alabama, a pretty far stretch of travel even on a clear, mild autumn day.

    When they arrived, I could tell this was a group that been touring hard and spending a lot of time on a bus. Though already dressed for the concert, they were otherwise subdued and quiet, and like good Cubans, headed straight for the coffee urn, and then the food. But soon they were filling the studio space, the passageways backstage, and the stage of the concert hall itself with scales and practicing. As soon as I introduced myself to one of them, any vestige of exhaustion disappeared and the musician became warm and animated, thrilled to offer a fellow cubano an expressive greeting and delighted to learn about Concierto and my interest in their tour.

    To a person, they were all pleased with the tour and the reception given them by American audiences. In many of the places they played there was a large Cuban-American presence in the audience, with boisterous cries of "Viva Cuba!" and waving of the Cuban flag. Other venues were more reserved, but the audiences nonetheless were just as appreciative and welcoming.

    That was certainly the case in Aiken at the concert that night. The auditorium was nearly full with, what appeared to my practiced eye, a mostly Anglo audience. But the standing ovations started early, when the orchestra played the Star-Spangled Banner and the Cuban National anthem, La Bayamesa, and came often. By the time the audience was rewarded with a classic Danzón for an encore, the crowd was ready to take the orchestra home for dinner. From what I've observed, it was a typical performance and audience reaction on a tour that is anything but typical.

    And for me personally, it couldn't help but be nostalgic and somewhat bittersweet. The Cuban numbers the orchestra played, including Lecuona's La comparsa, were pieces I first heard as a child in my parents' home. And when guest pianist Nachito Herrera and the ensemble launched into that Danzón finale, I was reminded of my late father's treasured LPs of the legendary Orquesta Aragón. It's that strong connection to family and place that forms such a strong bond with the island in the typical Cuban heart, and no doubt what has made this tour by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba so special.



    National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba 2012 USA Tour

    10/16   Kansas City, MO Kauffman Center For the Performing Arts 
    10/17 Urbana, IL Krannert Center
    10/18 Ames, IA Iowa State Center, Scheman Building
    10/21 Rockville, MD Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center
    10/22 Buffalo, NY University at Buffalo Center for the Arts
    10/23 Allentown, PA Allentown Symphony Hall
    10/24 Worcester, MA Music Worcester - Mechanics Hall
    10/26 Schenectady, NY Proctor's Theatre
    10/27 Bronx, NY Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
    10/28 Union, NJ Kean University
    10/29 Danville, VA George Washington High School
    10/30 Newport News, VA Ferguson Center for the Arts
    11/1 Opelika, AL The Art Association of East Alabama
    11/2 Aiken, SC Etheredge Center
    11/3 Daytona Beach, FL Peabody Auditorium
    11/4 St Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
    11/5 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center for the Arts
    11/7 St. Petersburg, FL Florida Orchestra-The Mahaffey Theatre
    11/8 Fort Pierce, FL Sunrise Theatre
    11/10 West Palm Beach, FL  Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
    11/11 West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center for the Performing Arts















  • Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:24pm

    Sp11-WEB-Angel-Carmen-Corella-longAfter having danced all over the world, Spaniard Angel Corella founded the first and only classical ballet company in Spain in 22 years: the Corella Ballet. Spanning the vast breadth of ballet music, Corella's company began their 2011 production with the classical Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, and ends with a very modern selection by Michael Nyman, with some Spanish flavor mixed in between. He speaks with Frank Dominguez about his beginnings as a dancer, the Corella Ballet, and how heritage influences classical ballet in Spain.

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2011 2:33pm

    sp11-WEB-osvaldo-golijov-annex-150Recent Spoleto Festival USA visitor Osvaldo Golijov is an Argentinian composer and was the Composer in Residence at the 2011 festival.  Having developed a close relationship with the St. Lawrence String Quartet at Tanglewood, Golijov's music has become a familiarity with the Spoleto Festival USA chamber musicians.  He talks with Frank Dominguez about Latino classical music and describes his own specific style.  He also addresses his personal approach to J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion after composing his own. 

    Selections composed by Osvaldo Golijov performed at the Bank of America Chamber Music concerts at the Dock Street Theatre:
    "Lullaby and Doina" from The Man Who Cried
    ZZ's Dream
    The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind

  • Thursday, January 5, 2012 3:48pm

    perez-jenkins-150Listen to Sphinx & Catalyst Quartet members Karla Donehew Perez & Christopher Jenkins discuss how the organization is trying to "spice up" classical music.

  • Monday, January 1, 2001 9:03am

    Sérgio and Odair (l-r) Assad - photo by Fadi Kheir.Frank Dominguez speaks with The Assad Brothers prior to a concert in Charlotte, NC celebrating their complex ethnic roots.