National Hispanic Heritage Month Concerts


National Hispanic Heritage Month Concerts

En Español: La Facultad de Música Hayes está celebrando el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana

Join us in Rosen Concert Hall for two faculty programs, or the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts to hear the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra.
You can also watch the Hayes School of Music Livestream
No ticket or registration is needed. Face coverings are required.

The Hayes School of Music is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which traditionally celebrates the history and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans, by presenting a series of concerts. National Hispanic Heritage Month began as a week-long celebration in 1968 during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and later expanded to a month when it was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. We have decided to broaden the scope of music to include any composer of Hispanic heritage — Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The Hayes School of Music is proud to present two free concerts, on September 26th and October 3rd, celebrating the rich musical arts of Spanish-speaking peoples. From Spanish Romantic composers of the nineteenth century to living composers from Spain, Argentina, and Mexico, faculty performers bring a great variety of styles to the concert stage for your enjoyment. Lush melodies and folk-based rhythms characterize the rich musical heritage of the various regions of Spain. It was these regional styles that inspired nineteenth-century composers, such as Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla, to create works that act as a musical travelog, bringing the listener on a musical journey through a colorful world. 

In the twentieth century, Astor Piazolla brought the Argentine Tango into the concert hall, setting its characteristic rhythm for a variety of small instrumental ensembles. Since then, composers have gone on to embrace more international styles of dissonance, spiky rhythms, and neo-tonal melodic sensibilities. In the music of Salvador Brontons, Gabriela Ortiz, and Andrés Martin, we find composers who reflect vigorous training of academe while expressing their own distinct compositional voices.

We encourage you to join us for these concerts which will be presented live and in person (!) in Rosen Concert Hall. They can also be viewed via the Hayes School of Music live-streamed Performances page. Our hope is always that our listeners will be enriched by the discovery and delight of new favorite composers and new favorite works.