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Monday, January 20, 2014

Mexican Composer Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No. 2

Today I went to the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert hosted at Girard College. The Philadelphia School District’s All City Choir sung the heck out of Go Down, Moses and Lift Every Voice and Sing. Charlotte Blake Alston’s reading of King’s I Have a Dream speech was absolutely spellbinding.

But my great discovery of the day was of the contemporary Mexican composer Arturo Marquez. The Philadelphia Orchestra played his composition Danzon No.2 which I am now filling my house with. I love the rhythm of this piece. Give a listen and stay with it until the end. It makes me feel all is possible.

*Photo below: " The 1968 Summer Olympics were held in October to escape the searing heat of a Mexico City summer, but it was political heat that marked these games. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy had been assassinated in the previous months, and Mexican security forces had massacred hundreds of students that summer. In addition, several black athletes had threatened a boycott as a political statement. The 200-meter race was a classic, with Tommie Smith setting a world record. The medal ceremony could have been a mundane moment -- yet it was anything but, as Smith and bronze-medal winner John Carlos bowed their heads and standing barefooted, raised their black-gloved fists in salute as the national anthem played. "It was the sign that sports had evolved to where it could be a political and social phenomenon," said Sean McManus, the chairman of CBS Sports, who has also worked for the other two big network sports operations. "It catapulted the sports world right off the sports pages." Source: LA Times

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post and especially the Danzon No. 2.