Francisco Alvarez-Díaz, from Madrid, Spain, is a professor of piano at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Granada and conductor of the Science School Choir at the University of Granada.. His professional training includes studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. He made his orchestral debut in 1984 at the Sundome in Phoenix, since then he has specialized in Spanish and Latin American music, which has presented in concert at Middlebury College regularly for the past fifteen years. He has performed as a soloist in major halls in Spain, the United States, South America and Europe and has recorded unusual Hispanic music for the National Radio of Spain. He has been invited by the prestigious March Foundation of Madrid to perform in the series “El piano Iberoamericano”; has toured South America performing Spanish music, and has played for the Spanish Ambassador in the United States. He has conducted numerous piano Master Classes in Spain and abroad, as well as lectures and concerts throughout the United States on Spanish repertoire and historical matters. Professor Alvarez conducts the Spanish School Choir at Middlebury.
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SPAN3433 - Cultural Hisp. Music Heritage
Hispanic Music Heritage: Cultural Interrelations
This course will allow the student to appreciate the importance of music and tradition in the history of Hispanic cultures. We shall approach the current musical and historic panorama of Spain and Latin American countries by examining its origins and the different esthetic currents, taking the mid-19th Century as our starting point. Listening will be the central line of this course, which covers the fields of popular and classical music. By analyzing styles, rhythms, dances, and songs, we shall understand how materials were shared and how music became transformed across the Ocean by adapting to the different social and cultural Hispanic contexts. (1 unit)
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Summer 2013, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session