National Tango Day Celebration

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When: Thur, Dec. 14, 6-7PM
Where: The Kennedy Center for the Perfoming Arts, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St, NW,
Washington, DC
Cost: Free
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To celebrate National Tango Day in Argentina, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sergio Bušlje performs a free concert of traditional tangos and nuevo tango at the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center with Rodolfo Zanetti and Javier Sanchez, on bandoneón, Diana LeGrand, on violin, and Dorotea Racz, on cello.

National Tango Day is celebrated in Argentina on December 11. This date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of two men: Carlos Gardel, a prominent figure in the history of tango, and Julio de Caro, the orchestra conductor in the tango genre. We should thank composer Ben Molar for Establishment of National Tango Day. He came up with the idea that de Caro and Gardel were born on the same day, that is why he decided organize a special celebration. He presented his proposal to the Secretary of Culture of the Municipality in Buenos Aires, but he was refused. It took long 11 years and a final ultimatum to organize Tango Day and receive a coverage by mass media on his own. Finally it worked and Tango Day was organized in Buenos Aires on December 11, 1977. The same year the celebration of Tango Day was promoted to the national level.

Pan American Symphony Orchestra (PASO) was founded 25 years ago by dynamic Argentine conductor and musician, Sergio Alessandro Bušlje, with the objective of bringing Latin American symphonic music to Washington, DC concert halls. Maestro Bušlje had studied and performed standard classical repertoire for many years but noticed a gap in the area’s cultural offerings—Latin American culture was not fully represented in area performances, even though our Latin American neighbors possess a treasure trove of symphonic works that beg to be played.

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