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Mexican composer Juan Pablo Contreras
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PT Weekend: Juan Pablo Contreras

Mexican composer Juan Pablo Contreras wrote a piece inspired by the musical culture of his home state of Jalisco. On today's show, we'll take you to a concert presented by ROCO in Houston to hear Mariachitlán (Mariachi-land) by Juan Pablo Contreras.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Francis Poulenc: 15 Improvisations: No. 11 in G minor & No. 15 in C minor
Lucille Chung, piano
Album: Poulenc: Works for Piano Solo and Duo
Signum 455

Eugene Ysaye: Trio de Concert - Le Londres: Movements 1 & 2
Jeff Thayer, violin | Jennifer Ross, violin | Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Joseph Gewirtz calling from Harrisburg, PA

Francis Poulenc: Cello Sonata, FP 143
John-Henry Crawford, cello | Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano
WFMT Studios, Chicago, IL

Hour 2

An-Lun Huang: Saibei Dance from Saibei Suite No. 2
Chicago Sinfonietta | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Album: Delights and Dances
Cedille 141

Juan Pablo Contreras: Mariachitlán
ROCO | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
ROCO, Church of St. John the Divine, Houston TX

Miloje Milojević: String Quartet No. 2 in C minor, Op. 3
Dušan Panajotović, violin | Miloš Stevanović, violin | Vladimir Popović, viola | Srđan Sretenović, cello
Days of Mokranjac Festival, Stevan Mokranjac Cultural Center, Negotin, Serbia

Nikolai Medtner: Sonata reminiscenza, Op. 38, No. 1
Ilya Shmukler, piano
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, TCU Van Cliburn Concert Hall, Fort Worth, TX

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