Event Description

Fulcrum Point will participate in The Latino Music Festival with a concert of electronic and acoustic music. The program recognizes the works of Latin-American composers while mapping a timeline of musical inspirations, from Peruvian folklore to Latin Jazz to the contemporary soundscape of electronic music.

Known for an intense and angular sound, Gustavo Leone’s “Corson” introduces the program by featuring trumpet virtuoso and Artistic Director Stephen Burns performing with ambient electronics. Latin Grammy Award Winner Gabriela Lena Franks “Rio Profundos”, written for cello and piano, evokes an homage to Peruvian folk music in a neo-classical style inspired by Jose Maria Arguendos novel of the same name. Special guest pianist Susan Merdinger will perform “Saxon Variations” by festival director Elbio Barilari. These playful variations pay homage to Satie and are inspired by the dynamic motion and serene ambience of the ocean, kites, gables, and gardens.

Next is Rodrigo Sigal’s “Tolerance,” a conversational duet between cello; and electronics. Sigal is the director of the Centre for Music and the Sonic Arts (CMASS) in Morelia Mexico and has entered a fruitful collaboration with Fulcrum Point which will produce a world premiere by one of Mexicos best known composers, Javier Álvarez. In anticipation of this world premiere, this concert concludes with Álvarezs “Temazcal,” a tour-de-force show piece for maracas and electronics featuring the stunning pyrotechnics of Edward Harrison, principal timpanist of the Lyric Opera Orchestra.


Stephen Burns, trumpet
Artistic Director of Fulcrum Point

Edward Harrison, maracas
Principal timpanist of the Lyric Opera Orchestra

Susan Merdinger, piano
Prize-winning American pianist and Steinway Artist


“Corson” by Gustavo Leone (Argentina)
“Rios Profundos” by Gabriela Lena Frank (Peru)
“Tolerance” by Rodrigo Sigal (Mexico)
“Saxon Variations” by Elbio Barilari (Uruguay)
“Temazcal” by Javier Álvarez (Mexico)

38 South Peoria Street
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