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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SPAN 3433 - Hispanic Culture Thru Music
Hispanic Culture through Music
This class will allow the student to approach the historic and musical panoramas of Spain and the Latin American countries by digging into the origins of today’s Hispanic music. We will explore how artistic and musical currents were developed generally in Spain and South America, by analyzing the musical history of different periods from an aesthetic point of view and placing them in the social and cultural contexts. Listening will be the central line of this course that will cover the fields of popular music as well as classical. songs, dances, and the rhythms of Flamenco and Caribbean, among others. In addition, folk material treated by the classic composers will be analyzed in class. We will see how important music and tradition have been, and still are, in today’s Hispanic cultures. (1 unit)
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Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools