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May 17, 2011 > Viva Tango

Viva Tango

By Scott Horton

With a thrilling program showcasing Tango Nuevo, a musical style that combines elements of classical, jazz and the tango music of Argentina, Music at the Mission presents "Viva Tango." Featuring Quinteto Quilombo, including renowned bandoneon player Seth Asarnow, the program will explore the intersections of composer and Tango Nuevo creator Astor Piazzolla with classical music and will culminate in a set of his tangos and milongas performed in their original instrumentation.

Weaving together the varied musical styles that form Tango Nuevo will be Founding Director for Music at the Mission, Aileen Chanco on piano, and bassist Bill Everett, Co-Artistic Director of Music at the Mission, joined by Seth Asarnow, bandoneon; and Steve Huber, violin, and Paul Binkley on guitar. Focusing mainly on works written by Piazzolla and played by Quinteto Quilombo, the program also includes a piece for solo piano by Alberto Ginastera, with whom Piazzolla studied in the 1940s.

Music at the Mission restores the luster of Mission San Jose's early 19th century reputation as an active center for musical performance by presenting a vibrant mix of contemporary and historic music in the intimate acoustics of the Mission. Chanco encourages the region's top performers to come together in a celebratory atmosphere of music making and exploration of chamber music.

This latest program of spicy music melds together different time periods and musical genres, making this an unforgettable evening with a distinctly Argentine flavor.

One performance will be given at 8 p.m. at Old Mission San Jose, with a 7:15 p.m. pre-concert lecture and a "Meet the Artists" reception post-concert. For more information, please visit

Tickets are priced at $25 for general admission and $20 for students and seniors when purchased at the door. Online tickets are $28.50 general admission and $23 for students and seniors at

Viva Tango
Saturday, May 21
8 p.m.
Meet the Artists reception
7:15 p.m.
Old Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont
Tickets (at door) $25 for general admission; $20 for students and seniors

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