Liliam Rodriguez Concert Tuesday night at Bethel College

Liliam Rodriguez

Newton Kansan
Feb. 2, 2009

The Bethel College Department of Music, in conjunction with Kansas Paraguay Partners, will sponsor a concert featuring visiting artists of Paraguay, Liliam Rodriguez (coloratura soprano) and Diego Sanchez Haase (pianist), at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of the Administration Building at Bethel College.

The program includes representative works by Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Verdi, Villa Lobos and others, along with a section of newly arranged Paraguayan songs. Supplementing the performance will be brief audio-visual introduction to Paraguay, its history, its unique music traditions and styles, along with discussion, a time for questions and answers, with the artists.

The public is invited, and admission is free.

Rodriguez, holder of the Superior Degree in Vocal Performance, is a well-known soloist on concert stages of Paraguay, having sung with a variety of the country’s main orchestras. Besides numerous recitals, she has appeared with UniNorte Opera in Asuncion, the capital city, her home. Continuing music studies have taken her to many seminars and performance workshops in Brazil as well. In her first tour abroad Rodriguez with Sanchez are presenting five concerts and conducting master classes in Kansas universities: Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Washburn and Wichita State.

Maestro Diego Sanchez Haase, conductor of UniNorte Orchestra in Asuncion, has been music director and principal conductor of Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra since 2005 — also having come initially via the sharing program of Kansas Paraguay Partners.

He will conduct the Winter Classics concert of NMKSO on Feb. 8 at Newton High School. Besides handling a full schedule of concerts, opera and ballet in Paraguay, Sanchez Haase is professor of conducting, an award-winning composer and concert pianist. His experience includes major study with Helmut Rilling in Germany plus the Bach Festival Workshop in Oregon.

KPP has just celebrated its 40th year within Partners of the Americas, a people-to-people volunteer organization in which most United States states and some cities have a partner in Latin America. Voluntary sharing in both directions takes place in the areas of education, agriculture, medicine and emergency services, as well as cultural arts and other projects. Kansas and Paraguay have continued as one of the more active and award-winning partnerships during the 40 years.


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