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Update for 2012:

Centro Cultural Cubano de Nueva York Aurelio de la Vega: A Celebration and a Tribute, "2012 Ignacio Cervantes Medal" Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 7 pm. A concert in honor of Cuban composer Aurelio de la Vega, considered one of the greatest exponents of contemporary art music. Dr. de la Vega is the 2012 recipient of the Ignacio Cervantes Medal, the CCCNY's lifetime achievement award for excellence in classical music. With Cuban pianist Martha Marchena and American soprano Anne Marie Ketchum. PROGRAM: "About My Music," Aurelio de la Vega, Composer; "Epigrama," ("Epigram"), for piano (1953) "Toccata," for piano (1957); "La Fuente Infinita" ("The Infinite Fountain"), a cycle of songs for soprano and piano (1944), on poems by Jos(eaccent) Francisco Zamora (Cuba); "Se ama m(aaccent)s de una v(eaccent)z ("One loves more than once") Aurelio de la Vega was featured at a North/South Consonance World Premiere of his RECORDATIO ("Recollection"), a commissioned work for Soprano, Wind Quintet and String Quintet, Anne Marie Ketchum, soprano, The North/South Consonance Ensemble, Max Lifchitz, conductor, Sunday, February 19, 2012, at Christ and Saint Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York City.

Update for 2011:

Aurelio de la Vega is featured on a new North/South Recordings Compact Disc, N/S R 1045,
"Music by Composers from Cuba and the US."
(The North/South Chamber Orchestra,
Max Lifchitz, conductor)

"The human voice, mainly that of the soprano, is the most vibrant of instruments at the disposal of a musical creator, serving as a messenger to convey the true meaning of the soul."
----Aurelio de la Vega

Several colleagues and friends under the artistic direction of Anne Marie Ketchum have organized an 85th anniversary concert of the vocal works of Dr. Aurelio de la Vega to be held on Sunday, February 6, at 3 pm. The concert covers works written in Cuba and in the United States of America between 1944 and 1985.

The concert is free and will take place at the Cypress Recital Hall, Music Dept. Bldg. of California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA, 91330. Free parking on the street. Entrance to parking lots is through Darby Avenue.

Aurelio de la Vega
  12. Variaci�n del recuerdo (7:58 min.)
Harold Schiffman
  1-3. Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra (2004)
  (12:46 min.)
Jos� Lezcano
  4-6. Guitar Concerto (15:06 min.)
Allan Crossman
  7. Flyer (11:17 min.)
Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn
  8-11. Soundscapes (7:44 min.)

Total time 54:59 min.

Program cover: "Score: Magic Labyrinth"
by Aurelio de la Vega

For further late update

      (Condensed from articles in El Nuevo Herald, Miami, sábado 2 de mayo, "Compositor cubano Aurelio de la Vega gana el Premio Cintas"; CSUN (California State University Northridge); from: Hacker, Hortensia S (hhacker@mbafcpa.com)to Maestro Aurelio de la Vega, and from Hortensia E. Sampedro, president, the Cintas Foundation:       April 29, 2009, Maestro Aurelio de la Vega, 18800 Stare Street, Northridge, CA 91324-1522:

Dear Maestro de la Vega:

On behalf of the Cintas Foundation, I am pleased in inform you that the Board of Directors has voted to award you the William B. Warren Lifetime Achievement Award in Music Composition

The award is named after Cintas Foundation Chairman William B. Warren who has led the foundation for the last 20 years.

Your vast catalogue of works encompassing compositions in all media except opera, your promotion of contemporary classical music of Latin America, your dedication to the teaching profession as a distinguished professor of music and your contributions as a very active lecturer merit such recognition.

As one of the best known Cuban composers of your generation , you offer us a dramatic, intense and expressive musical style.

We are pleased to recognize you for a career that spans more than 50 years and includes recognition from around the world and most recently a nomination of a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Compositon for your piece Variacion del Recuerdo (Variations of a Memory)

You are cordially invited to attend the Award Ceremony at the Frost Art Museum of Florida International University on May 20, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. to which the public is invited.

My personal congratulations on such an important lifetime achievement!

Sincerely, Hortensia E. Sampedro, president, the Cintas Foundation, Dedicated to Cuban Arts and Humanities Since 1963, www.cintasfoundation.org

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