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Arturo O’Farrill Quartet
Saturday, August 12, 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Reserved Hall Seats: $50.00, $29.00, $25.00 (partial obstruction)
General Admission/Outdoors/Uncovered: $20.00, Students: $10
Sunday, August 13, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
(Reserved Hall Seats: $50.00, $29.00, $25.00 (partial obstruction)
General Admission/Outdoors/Uncovered: $20.00, Students: $10.00
Maverick Family Saturdays:
Saturday, August 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
120 Maverick Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
Woodstock, NY, July 13, 2023 When Arturo O’Farrill’s riotous and virtuosic big band live record Fandango at the Wall in New York won the 2022 Latin Jazz Grammy in early 2023, it represented the eighth such award in the pianist/composer’s distinguished and mind-bogglingly varied career. Mr. O’Farrill’s next release, for example, was 2023’s Legacies, a collection of daring and cerebral trio and solo jazz performances including compositions by Monk, Carla Bley and Arturo’s father, Cuban jazz legend Chico O’Farrill.
Mr. O’Farrill’s immense talent and artistic range were authenticated by early-career sideman stints with artists as diverse as Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Carla Bley, and Harry Belafonte. His claim to being perhaps the most influential Latin Jazz artist and advocate of his generation begins in 2007, when he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin music. In 2009, he took home his first Grammy (after several nominations) for his record Song for Chico.
In December 2010 Arturo traveled with the original Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra to Cuba, returning his father’s musicians to his homeland. He continues to travel to Cuba regularly as an informal Cultural Ambassador, working with Cuban musicians, dancers, and students, bringing local musicians from Cuba to the US and American musicians to Cuba. His career as a composer hit its stride in the 2010s, recognized in multiple Best Instrumental Composition Grammy wins. 2020’s Four Questions was Arturo’s first record to feature original compositions exclusively.
Born in Mexico and raised in New York, Arturo is currently Professor of Global Jazz Studies and Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has been honored as a Steinway Artist for many years and is a Blue Note Records Recording Artist.
The Arturo O’Farrill Quartet makes its Maverick debut on August 12 as a part of Latin Voices: Celebrating Hispanic and Latino Traditions in Classical and Jazz, a six-concert mini-series supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Latin Voices series continues on Sunday, August 13 with a performance by the Dali Quartet, a critically-acclaimed and popularly embraced ensemble of Latin-American heritage. ““Quite simply one of the great emerging quartets in the world today,” enthuses Maverick Concerts Musical Director Alexander Platt. The Dalí Quartet is known for bringing Latin American quartet repertoire to an equal standing alongside the Classical and Romantic canon. The Dalí is the 2021 recipient of Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Residency, funded by the Sewell Family Foundation, and the 2021 Silver Medal at the inaugural Piazzolla Music Competition. The quartet is also the 2019 recipient of the Atlanta Symphony’s esteemed Aspire Award for accomplished African American and Latino Musicians.
Members of the Dalí Quartet are from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the US, and have degrees from esteemed institutions including the New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Juilliard, Indiana University Bloomington, and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela. The quartet is based in Philadelphia, PA.
While the Dali Quartet is as fluent in Haydn and Brahms as in Piazzolla and Amaya, their Maverick Program, in keeping with the Latin Voices theme, focuses on masterpieces of the Spanish and Latin American repertoire, including works by the Argentine modernist Alberto Ginastera, the Brazilian genius Heitor Villa-Lobos, the Classical period Spanish Basque prodigy Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, and the living Venezuelan-American composer and conductor Efrain Amaya.
Juan Cristomo Arriaga: String Quartet No.3 in E-flat (1824)
Heitor Villa-Lobos: String Quartet No.5 (1931)
Efrain Amaya: “Angelica”, for String Quartet (2000)
Alberto Ginastera: String Quartet No.1 (1948)
Ari Isaacman-Beck, violin
Carlos Rubio, violin
Adriana Linares, viola
Jesús Morales, cello
As with several other artists featured in this season’s Sunday concerts, The Dalí will serve double duty at Maverick Family Saturdays in a free, family-friendly appearance on Saturday August 12 from 11:00 AM to noon. The Dali is devoted to audience development and to reaching communities of all kinds. The group’s Latin Fiesta Workshops and Family Concerts in both traditional and innovative settings move listeners – literally. The Quartet has opened musical vistas for younger kids with its week-long Any Given Child programs (over three seasons for the Tulsa Public School System).
Latin Voices: Celebrating Hispanic and Latino Traditions in Classical and Jazz is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Maverick Concerts, the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America, is set amid the serene Catskill woodland just outside Woodstock, NY. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the uniquely charming rustic hall has superb acoustics and is the ideal venue for an intimate encounter with chamber music. Maverick presents concerts by internationally renowned classical, jazz, and contemporary music ensembles from July through early September. Maverick Concerts sustains the vision of its founder, Hervey White, who built the historic concert hall in 1916 and opened his land and hospitality to artists, musicians, and the community. Concerts are on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Maverick Family Saturdays, short interactive events designed for kids of all ages, are free and open to everyone on Saturday mornings.