CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pianists María García and Momoko Muramatsu, performing together as the XX Digitus Duo, will visit Oregon State University for a Latin American-themed concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street, Corvallis.
García and Muramatsu have been friends and colleagues since their days at the New England Conservatory of Music. After embarking on successful individual careers, the pair joined forces in 2014 as the XX Digitus Duo (Twenty Fingers) to explore the four-hand repertoire for one or two pianos.
In addition to classical standards, the Portland-based duo specializes in works drawing on their shared Latin American heritage. García and Muramatsu are also committed to new music by living composers and have recently commissioned four-hand works from Ken Selden, Dag Gabrielsen and Charles Copeland.
Their Latin American-themed program at OSU will focus on music from Argentina, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries and includes narration entirely in Spanish and projected imagery.
Works include Juan Morel Campos’ “Danzas Puertorriqueñas,” “El Ciclón,” “Noche Deliciosa,” and “La Traviesa”; “Se Equivocó la Paloma” by Carlos Guastavino; Suzette Ortiz’s “Variaciones sobre un tema popular”; Arturo Marquéz’s “Danzón No. 2”; “Confidencias” by Ernesto Nazareth; Zequinha de Abreu’s “Tico-tico no Fubá”; “El Choclo” by Villoldo/Yamamoto/XX Digitus; “El Día que me quieras” by Gardel/Yamamoto; and “Escuálo” by Astor Piazzolla/Yamamoto.
This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, visit corvallispiano.org. Accommodations relating to a disability may be requested by calling 541-758-0036, preferably at least one week in advance.