When it comes to the Americas, music knows no bounds. Based on a piece of bold, spiritual art, Rodeo Queen blurs the lines of traditional technique with raucous energy. Ted Hearne, a young American composer and winner of this season’s New Voices commissions, makes a splash in a fantastic world premiere before Americana-guru Copland embraces Mexico-inspired fiestas with his rhythmic Sextet. In an unlikely spotlight, the bassoon offers an evocative, hypnotic trance in the hands of Brazilian sensation Villa-Lobos, as a young Ginastera vibrantly evokes his homeland where a flute seems to take flight in the windy, Argentinean skies. End with a bang with a cantina-band homage to the Spanish poet packed with vibrant vigor.

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