The North Carolina Symphony’s Pops season turns the calendar to 2010 with an exciting world music collaboration. Mariachi Cobre joins forces with the North Carolina Symphony and guest artist Anne Harley for “Fiesta Latina,” a whirlwind musical tour of Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Peru, at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15 and 16. Both concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.
“There’s no such thing as popular music. There’s just great music,” says North Carolina Symphony General Manager Scott Freck. “There is a lot of fantastic music, particularly from Mexico, that audiences are unlikely to know. It deserves to be heard.”
Renowned for showcasing the bold harmonies and rhythms of mariachi music to Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center visitors for the past 12 years, Mariachi Cobre enlivens the night with virtuoso performances of works by mariachi trailblazers Rubén Fuentes, Agustín Lara, and more. The Symphony completes the journey with Latin-inspired music by American favorites Leroy Anderson and Morton Gould, alongside celebrated selections by Manuel de Falla, Armando Guevara Ochoa and Heitor Villa-Lobos, featuring Canadian soprano Anne Harley
Harley has appeared with opera companies across North America and Europe, including Opera Boston, Opera Unlimited, The American Repertory Theatre, and at the Tanglewood Festival.