American mezzo soprano Anna Tonna and Spanish pianist Isabel Perez Dobarro first met at the Música in Compostela Festival (Spain) during the summer of 2015. Women in Music/Mujeres en Música was born several years later, as outgrowth of their sincere desire to showcase works by living women composers; the endeavor took its first steps with the receipt of the New York Women Composers, Inc., Seed Grant Award in 2016 and 2018. Anna and Isabel have important cultural ties to both The United States and Spain, and conceived an initial project involving contemporary women composers from these countries, with a series of two concerts to take place in both Madrid (Spain) and New York City.
The Madrid based ensemble with Anna, Colombian soprano Gloria Londoño and Spanish pianist Elias Romero had its debut in 2015 at the Auditorio Nacional de España with the concert “Amor en Travesti”; since that time, the vocal duo has been heard in concerts dedicated to Enrique Granados and Amadeo Vives at Palacio de Longoria in Madrid, as well as anniversary tribute concerts to 19th century zarzuela singer Lucrecia Arana at the International Institute – Madrid, “Sala Gonzalo de Berceo” in La Rioja and Museo de Romanticismo of Madrid. Upcoming concerts include presentations of 20th century Spanish song at the Ateneo de Madrid (Spain).
Anna and Colombian guitarist Francisco Roldan have been collaborating as a guitar/vocal duo for over 10 years, showcasing music by composers from Spain and Latin America. Spanish dancer Elisabet Torras Aguilera joins them in Alegría Hispana Ensemble, with music and dance of Spain and Latin America. Together they have performed as New York’s Carnegie Hall, for the Latin America Cultural Center of Queens, Latin American Cultural Week of New York as well as libraries and cultural centers in all five boroughs of New York City. Upcoming concerts includes “Images of nature in the music and poetry of Latin America”on April 28, 2019 at the Freeport Library, NY.
Hispanic Society of America Museum & Library (NYC)
Narrated music concert about the life of the Duchess of Alba, muse of painter Francisco Goya, with songs accompanied by guitar and dancer with castanets; works by Fernando Sor, Manuel García, Pablo Huertos, Ramon Carnicer and Federico Moretti. With Spanish dance artist Anna de la Paz and guitarist Rupert Boyd.
The Hispanic Society Museum & Library (NYC)
Concert showcasing the vocal and dance works by Spanish composer Enrique Granados in commemoration of the centennial of his visit to NYC (1916-2016). With soprano Spanish Anna Belén Gómez, Argentinian baritone Gustavo Ahualli, Spanish dance artist Anna de la Paz and Spanish pianist Borja Mariño.
Presented by North South Consonance of New York City
with pianist/composer Max Lifchitz
Presented at The Performing Arts Center at SUNY Albany
Rarely heard songs for voice and piano by Manuel Ponce, Carlos Chávez (Mexico), Antonio María Valencia (Colombia), Modesta Bor (Venezuela), Carlos Guastavino (Argentina) and Mexican American composer Ramiro Cortés. Songs by Heitor Villa-Lobos will be heard, including the New York premiere of his “Pinga-Ponga”. The world premiere of “Perfume” a song cycle by Dominican composer Darwin Aquino with lyrics by Dominican female poets Altagracia Saviñon and Carmen Martínez Bonilla will premiered.
Fundación Juan March, Madrid (Spain)
Songs and opera arias by Spanish composer Conrado del Campo and his contemporaries Jaume Pahissa, Andres Issasi and followers Julián Bautista, Gerardo Gombau and Enrique Casals Chapí exploring Wagnerism in Spain. With pianist Jorge Robaina; transmitted live on Radio Nacional de España.
The concert “Canción Lírica Dominicana” with Dominican pianist María de Fátima Geraldes, showcases art song composed by the classical composers of Dominican Republic. Upcoming diplomatic concert tour in March of 2019 includes Lisbon, Madrid and London. Music by Darwin Aquino, Julio Alberto Hernández, Margarita Luna, José de Jesús Ravelo, Aura Marina del Rosario, Enrique de Marchena, Francisco Nuñez, Manuel Simó and Luis Rivera.