Mexican Cultural Institute: Bilateral Relations: Undercurrents of Creativity - 3rd Edition
November 17, 2011
6:30 PM
Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009


In what ways have artists from Mexico and the United States drawn insight from each other and how have these exchanges furthered their respective genres and informed our perceptions of each other? This autumn, the Mexican Cultural Institute will explore these questions in the first edition of a 3 part conference series Bilateral Relations: Undercurrents of Creativity. The series will shed light on how these interactions played out in the 20th century in the areas of painting, photography and music, demonstrating the dynamic and powerful ways in which culture has functioned as a creative catalyst and bridge between people, communities, and nations. In 2012, the second edition of this series will explore how these exchanges have continued in contemporary times and in the context of a globalized world.

Copland's Mexico and Chavez's New York: Notes on a Creative Friendship
Thursday, November 17 @ 6:30pm
Free and open to the public

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In the late 1920s American composer Aaron Copland and his Mexican counterpart Carlos Chávez met for the first time, striking a friendship that would last a lifetime. This talk by Leonora Saavedra will center upon the first 15 years of their friendship, a time of high aspirations and fruitful exchange of music and ideas, when Chávez wrote blues and fox trots and Copland wrote Salon México, and travels to each other's countries left indelible marks on each composer's musical style and social concerns.
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