Concierto de Aranjuez

Mozart in the Afternoon

Valentine Theatre

March 30, 2019

Concert Time: 2:00 pm

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Jean-François Rivest, conductor
Gerardo Perez Capdevila, guitar

Mozart - Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez
Mozart - Symphony No. 25 in G Minor

According to Gramaphone Magazine, "Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez is arguably one of the most popular concertos of all time, thanks in no small measure to the extraordinary beauty of its central Adagio." Written for classical guitar and orchestra, this piece provides beautiful contrast to Mozart's famous Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and his dramatic and tragic Symphony No. 25.

Gerardo Capdevila's appearance is made possible through a generous gift from Patricia and James Appold.

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Gerardo Perez Capdevila was born in Guantanamo, Cuba, on June 30, 1965, based in USA, at 8 years old, began his music studies. His teachers: Jose A. Ramirez, Aldo Rodriguez, Victor Pellegrini, and Jesus Ortega, leading to his graduation as “Licentiate in Music with Specialization in Guitar”. Gerardo had master classes with the teachers Costas Cotsiolis (Greece), David Russell (Great Britain), Eliot Fisk (USA), and Hector Garcia  (Cuba).  As a teacher, Gerardo was a member of the National School of Music of Havana, Cuba; of the School of Music of Zacatecas's Autonomous University, Mexico; of the Conservatoire Milan, Laredo Institute of Cochabamba, Bolivia; and the Miami Conservatory of Music in the United States. His pupils have obtained more than 20 national prizes besides having been accepted in several European's and American’s conservatoires. Gerardo has obtained five national prizes in Cuba, besides seven international awards in Poland, Germany, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Chile, and France.

In 1992, in Martinique, Gerardo obtained the “First Prize of Composition” with the work “Hemistiquio” for guitar, which he co-authored with Jorge L. Sosa. Gerardo has performed in several countries of  the American Continent and Europe. He performed in the world premiere as a soloist of  “Concert for Guitar and Orchestra”  by the Spaniard composer  Carlos Cruz de Castro in Havana, Cuba. In USA  2015, he performed as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in Florida, the Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Concerto; and the Manuel Ponce’s Concerto with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. Gerardo has also recorded a CD called "Sedruol" besides a segment for the Bolivian movie "The day that the silence died.” In 1997, the periodical  “Editorial Música Mundana Maqueda SL” of Madrid, Spain, published "13 pieces" of the Bolivian author Willy Claure, which were adapted for solo guitar by Gerardo Perez. In 2001, Gerardo founded the “National Festival and Competition of Guitar-Cochabamba Bolivia.” The guitarist Eliot Fisk (USA), commented on Gerardo: "Mr. Perez possesses a virtuous technique and a natural musicality that delight the audience."


Quebec conductor Jean-François Rivest is renowned for his energy, his extremely precise technique and his style, which is passionate, moving and deeply involved. His discography serves as proof to the ease with which he masters a large variety of musical genres ranging from the baroque era up to today.

In the fall 2009, he was named artistic director of the Orford Arts Centre, nearby Montréal where he now presides over the destiny of the OAC’s prestigious Academy and International Festival. His first season, (2010), was a great success and considered by all a year of great artistic renewal. He has been artistic director of the Orchestre symphonique de Laval and of Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings Ensemble, as well as conductor in residence of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, (OSM) from2006 to 2009, where he developed a privileged relationship
with Kent Nagano.

Jean-François Rivest firmly believes that the next generation of musicians must rely on performers that are also active as pedagogues. He has worked for several institutions and has been teaching orchestral conducting as well as a variety of advanced performance classes at Université de Montréal since 1992. He is the founder, artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal (OUM).

Mr. Rivest, who trained at the Conservatoire de Montréal and at the Juilliard School in New York, quickly established himself as one of the foremost Quebec violinists of his generation. His main teachers were Sonia Jelinkova, Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay.

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