Date & Time: Saturday July 7, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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Husband and wife Latin American pianists William Villaverde and Fabiana Claure present a musical program entitled “A Piano Journey Through Latin America”. Works include Bolivian Cuecas, Brazilian tangos, Cuban classical and jazz-inspired music, an original Latin-jazz composition, and a 4-hands piano arrangement of Piazzolla’s Tango Suite. Having been together for 20 years as a couple and on stage, this dynamic duo will engage audiences through piano music and story-telling, taking them through an exciting journey of diverse cultural influences, historical context, and musical reflection.
- Three Bolivian Cuecas Simeon Roncal (1870-1953)
- Three Brasilian Tangos Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934)
- Theme and Variations (on a theme by P. Milanes) Andres Alen (1950)
- Missing You William Villaverde (1978)
- 3 Cuban Dances Ignacion Cervantes (1847-1905)
- Tango Suite Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
(Arranged for piano duo 4-hands by Clarisse Assad)
About Claure Villaverde Piano Duo
Fabiana and William have been together since 1997 and have pursued their careers both as soloists and duo pianists throughout the US, Bolivia, Cuba, and Spain. As the Claure-Villaverde piano duo, they have been featured as soloists with Meadows Chamber Orchestra at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) and the International Piano Series Chamber Orchestra (Charleston, SC). They were the national recipients of the 2010 College Music Society’s Yamaha In-Residence Fellowship where they organized and performed in a series of lecture-recitals for children, college studentsand senior citizens in Miami, FL. They co-wrote an article describing their concert series which was published in the CMS’s May newsletter.
They recorded a duo-piano sonata which was released in the album “Serenader: Songs and a Sonata by Celius Dougherty” (2007). As entrepreneurs, they co-wrote a business plan which was awarded second prize, best written business plan, and best entrepreneurial spirit award in the 2011 University of Miami Business Plan Competition. They co-founded Superior Academy of Music in Miami. Their Academy was featured twice on national television and its students have gone on to win local and state Certificates of Excellence and have also entered Universities under full tuition scholarships.
Fabiana and William have pursued all their degrees together under full tuition scholarships. They hold Doctorates in Music in Piano Performance from the University of Miami, Masters of Music and Artist Certificate Degrees from Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Arts in Music from the College of Charleston, and Professional Degrees as Pianists and Piano Teachers from the National School of Music, Cuba. For more information visit www.claurevillaverdepianoduo.com.
About the Artists
Fabiana Claure is a multifaceted concert artist and entrepreneur with an extensive career in performing, teaching, and music entrepreneurship. Her musical and business experience, as well as her international background—having lived in the US, Bolivia, and Cuba—have allowed her to gain an empowering and global perspective towards music education and career development. Fabiana is the Director of Career Development and Entrepreneurship in Music at the University of North Texas and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Superior Academy of Music in Miami, FL. She has been featured as a soloist with orchestras in the US and Spain, and released a CD entitled “Fabiana Claure, Debut Album” including works by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Andres Alen. For more information visit http://www.fabianaclaure.com/.
“Fabiana Claure possesses an impacting aplomb and great versatility.” Los Tiempos, Bolivia “Fabiana’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto was refreshing.” Diario de Leon, Spain
Dr. William Villaverde is a Cuban pianist, educator, and entrepreneur with an extensive international performing and pedagogical trajectory spanning over two decades. His affinity for both classical and latin jazz musical idioms give him a unique perspective as a performer and educator. The Charleston City Paper said “the sense of eclecticism is at the core of the pianist’s style and is what sets him apart”. A passionate advocate for Cuban music, he has recorded the complete twentieth century piano music by the Latin–Grammy nominated Cuban composer, Andres Alen. William is also an entrepreneur, having Co-Founded the Superior Academy of Music in Miami, a nationally recognized music academy. For additional information visit http://www.williamvillaverde.com.
William will be releasing his “Cuban Memoirs” album on July 20th through the Delos label and will be distributed by Naxos. William is currently running a Kickstarter campaign through June 24th to help raise funds for the album release. Visit www.cubanmemoirs.com for details.
“If and when Villaverde offers another recital in Charleston, it should not be missed. The experience will be, at the very least, unforgettable.”
The Charleston City Paper
“The sense of eclecticism is at the core of this young pianist’s style and is what sets him apart.”
The Charleston City Paper
“…marvelous Cuban pianist”
Diario de Leon, Spain
Brazilian Tango “Fon-Fon” by Ernersto Nazareth
Bolivian Cueca “La Huerfana Virginia” by Simeon Roncal
Cuban classical and jazz-inspired piece “Variaciones sobre un Tema de Pablo Milianes” by Andres Alen
Jazz-inspired concert etude by Nicholas Kapustin