World Premiere of Rodríguez’ Concerto for Puerto Rican Cuatro
As part of its 37th Anniversary Season, Musica de Camara, Inc. commissioned Iván Enrique Rodríguez’ Concerto for Puerto Rican Cuatro and Strings Orchestra for the Season Finale Concert. The Musica de Camara Orchestra will give its premiere with Puerto Rican virtuoso cuatrist Luis Sanz as the soloist, under the baton of Maestro Roselín Pabón. The concert will be held at the historic landmark El Teatro of New York’s leading Latino cultural cornerstone institution El Museo del Barrio in the legendary Museum Mile in New York City.
The Puerto Rican Cuatro is the national instrument of the island of Puerto Rico commonly used to interpret jíbaro music (peasant or mountain-dwelling music) or traditional Puerto Rican music during the Christmas season. With the purpose of investigating the instrument’s capacities and making it shine in an unusual but undeniably compatible environment, this Concerto for Puerto Rican Cuatro and Strings Orchestra is born.
Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico the award winning and renowned virtuoso cuatrist Luis Sanz started to make his first tunes on the puertorrican “cuatro” at the age of four, with his instructor, Francisco “Frankie” Rivera.
Now Luis finished his Bachelor Degree in Composition at Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico under the tutelage of the Professor Alfonso Fuentes. At the same time with a granted scholarship he is also completing a Bachelor Degree at the “Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico”, Metro Campus in the field of Popular Music and a minor in Education.