Take a journey of music and movement to Argentina! Explore the century-old history of tango, led by Grammy-winning Argentine bandoneon virtuoso Héctor Del Curto with a performance by his trio, special guest, 11-year-old clarinet whiz Santiago Del Curto, and Argentine tango dancers.
Héctor Del Curto Tango Trio
Santiago Del Curto, clarinet
5:00 – 5:30pm
5:30 – 6:30pm
Meet & Greet with Artists
Complimentary tickets for Members at the Family level and above
Hector Del Curto, bandoneon
Praised by The New York Times as a “splendid player,” Argentinean bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto’s career, spanning for more than twenty-five years, has encompassed the traditional tango, new tango, jazz, classical and world music. As one of the most sought–after bandoneonists, he has performed with luminaries across many musical genres including the tango legends, Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese, latin jazz giant Paquito D’Rivera, jazz violinst Regina Carter, saxophonist Joe Lovano, violinist Cho-Liang Lin and appeared with prestigious orchestras such as Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, and Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.
Born into a family of bandoneon players, Mr. Del Curto was introduced to the world of tango and bandoneon by his grandfather, Héctor Cristobal. By the age of 17, he had won the title “Best Bandoneon Player Under 25” in Argentina, and was invited to join the orchestra of the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese, the “Last Giant of Tango.” In 1999, Mr. Del Curto received the Golden Note Award from the Italian-American Network in recognition of his artistic achievements. As a music director, he directed the spectacular show Forever Tango on Broadway and founded the Eternal Tango Orchestra, a ten piece ensemble. Since their Lincoln Center début in 2003, the Eternal Tango Orchestra (now the Hector Del Curto Tango Orchestra) returned to Lincoln Center for three more engagements and performed at other various venues including the Skirball Center for Performing Arts.
His celebrated quintet has appeared in venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Eastman School of Music, Bay Chambers Concerts, National Folk Festival, Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Fiesta Iberoamericano de las Artes in Puerto Rico, Festival Internacional da Safona, and Copa Fest in Brazil, among many others.
A musician who is dedicated to the education, outreach, and preservation of tango music, Mr. Del Curto founded the Stowe Tango Music Festival, the premier tango music festival in the United States, noted both for its unique series of performances and its high level of musical training. As the festival’s Artistic Director, he directs the Stowe Tango Music Festival Orchestra, a 20 plus piece tango orchestra comprised of an extraordinary group of selected students from all over the globe and world-class artists including guest tango legends from Argentina.
Mr. Del Curto recently produced and released his second album Eternal Piazzolla featuring his quintet with a sold out CD release concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. He was featured along with his first CD Eternal Tango on BBC News which was televised nationally and internationally and on Public Radio International’s The World.
He appears in numerous recordings with artists such as Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla on Finally Together (Lucho), Pablo Ziegler on the albums Asphalto, Quintet for the New Tango (BMG), and Tango & All That Jazz, Paquito D’Rivera on Funk Tango, Jazz Clazz, and Panamericana Suite; Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri on Masterpiece, Plácido Domingo’s Encanto del Mar (Sony Classical), Erwin Schrott on Rojotango (Sony Classical), Denyce Graves’ The Lost Days (BMG), Absolute Ensemble on Bach Reinvented (Sony Classical), Fernando Otero on Plan, Vital, and Pagina de Buenos Aires, Ricardo Arjona’s Quién Dijo Ayer and Santo Pecado (Sony International), and Shakira’s Laundry Service.
Santiago Del Curto, clarinet
Santiago Del Curto, a ten-year-old clarinetist, has received standing ovations for his impressive performances at the Aspen Music Festival, the Stowe Tango Music Festival, Aston Magna Music Festival, the Salida Aspen Concerts, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
Latin jazz legend, clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera has written a piece for Santiago called Blues for Santi after hearing his performance at the kindergarten concert. Since then, Santiago has performed with Mr. D’Rivera and his quintet at the Montclair Jazz Festival and at the Martina Arroyo Foundation Gala as well as being featured with him on the Vandoren’s Commercial.
In 2015, he has participated in a master class by the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill, and was invited to perform at the opening of the Kaufman Music Center Gala with Pablo Ziegler, the foremost tango pianist and composer.
Santiago began studying the clarinet in kindergarten at the Special Music School with Katherine Cooke and currently he is studying with Liam Burke. He loves animals, cars and trains, swimming, and all things British.