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SF Symphony to ‘jazz’ it up in October

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The Santa Fe Symphony will mix it up in October with a Latin jazz concert featuring Nestor Torres, Mariano Morales and Pikante.

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The performance is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe.

Latin Grammy Award-winning flutist Torres will team up with composer, violinist and pianist Morales, and the soulful Pikante, for a confluence of Latin jazz and rhythm than is sure to have the audience dancing in their seats.

The six-piece ensemble will fuse symphony works for orchestra with arrangements for Salsa and Latin jazz fangs.

Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Torres moved to New York City, where he pursued classical flute studies at Mannes School of Music, Jazz at Berklee College of Music and Classical and Jazz at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. During that time, he also learned to improvise in the “Charanga” Cuban Dance Music style, which helped shape and develop Nestor’s melodic and danceable sound.

Torres has also focused on transcending his role as a Jazz Flutist to that of an agent of change through crossover multi-media productions, compositions and performances. His compositions “successors,” Marta y Maria and Disarmament Suite, are variations on Torres’s multi-cultural fusion sounds as expressions of today’s world. Then again, his music has always been about that: a crossover fusion of Latin, Classical, Jazz and Pop sounds. Rich and engaging, complex and exuberant, profound yet accessible.

The artistic life of Puerto Rican composer/arranger/music director and instrumentalist Dr. Mariano Morales encompasses a wide spectrum of genres. As a composer, Morales has received numerous commissions and his works have been performed by distinguished ensembles among which are: The Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Houston Symphony and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.

As a performer and recording artist (violin and piano), Morales has worked with leading pop artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Marc Anthony, Franco D’ Vita, Ricardo Arjona and Tego Calderón, among others. He has directed and performed internationally with numerous Latin Jazz ensembles with guest artists such as Tito Puente, Dave Valentín, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Sánchez, and Luis “Perico” Ortíz.  Morales has also performed as guest pianist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and the Arturo Somohano Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pikante is Morales’ Latin Jazz Group. In its 25 years performing, Pikante has performed with Morales in many important venues and festivals in Puerto Rico and the United States, including the Heineken Jazz Festival, among others. Pikante has performed in New Mexico on various occasions first with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and also with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra during Jazz Under the Stars in Albuquerque.

Experience world-class Latin American and Latin jazz standards in Santa Fe for this special concert dedicated to the people of Puerto Rico.

Tickets and subscription package forms are available now from the symphony office or online at santafesymphony.org. Call the office at 983-3530 to request a packet by mail. Office business hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No one under 6 is allowed at the concert.

Tickets are $20 to $55. Half-price tickets are available for children ages 6 to 14 with adult purchase. Call 983-1414 or 1-800-480-1319 for tickets through the symphony box office.