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The Dark Side

"The Dark Side," monodrama for mezzosoprano or baritone and piano is an early work of Llorca. It was premiered by Nancy Fabiola Herrera and the composer at the piano on October 4th, 1995 at Lincoln Center in New York City. In "The Dark Side" Llorca experiences for the first time with the voice, which alternates systematically between spoken and sung, a resource that will be a constant in his later opera "Las Horas Vacias/The Empty Hours." "The Dark Side," with a duration of twelve minutes, is divided into six parts: Recitative, Prayer, Recitative, Monologue, Recitative, and "Thread." The text, written by the composer himself, is an argument against fanaticism with certain touches of humor most pronounced in the recited parts Other performances: Concierto: Paul Recital Hall (The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, Nueva York) Mezzosoprano: Cheryl Marshall. Piano: Ricardo Llorca. (4 de octubre, 1995) Concierto: "Contemporary Chamber Music" (The Miller Theater at Columbia University) Mezzosoprano: Cheryl Marshall. Piano: Ricardo Llorca. (10 de Mayo 1996) Concierto: "A Journey into the Spanish Music" (The Spanish Institute, Nueva York) Mezzosoprano: Nancy Herrera. Piano: Mac McClure. (23 de abril, 2001) Concierto: "Ricardo Llorca y la musica de Cataluna" (The Florence Gould Hall-Alliance Francaise, NY) Mezzosoprano: Cindy Sanner. Piano: Mac McClure. (29 de octubre, 2004) Concierto: "Espanoles en los Estados Unidos" Auditorio Nacional de Musica / Centro para la Difusion de la Musica Contemporanea Solistas de la ORCAM ( Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid ) (Madrid. Lunes, 2 de febrero de 2009) Concierto: "Sounds of Spain: Music for Guitar and Song Cycles by Ricardo Llorca at Reina Sofia NYC" Queen Sofia Spanish Institute de Nueva York 16 de Octubre de 2009 6 PM Concierto: "Lucero Nuestro: concierto homenaje a Victoria de los Angeles" Mezzosoprano: Nancy Fabiola Herrera Piano: Mac Maclure Auditorio de Sant Cugat (Domingo 20 de Noviembre de 2011) Teatro Perez Galdos de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid Palau de la Musica de Valencia Concierto: XIII Festival Internacional de Musica Contemporanea - Ano 2013 Sabado, 5 de octubre, 19:00 h - Auditorio MARTA KNORR (Mezzosoprano) AURELIO VIRIBAY (Piano) Concierto: Sounds of Spain: Music for Guitar and Song Cycles by Ricardo Llorca at the Chicago Cultural Center Salon Series. Location: Chicago Cultural Center Sunday, October 18, 2009 Baritone: Gustavo Ahualli Piano: Alan Darling"
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Ricardo Llorca is one of the most promising talents to emerge from the new generation of contemporary Spanish-American composers. Llorca was born in 1962 in Alicante, a city located in the southeastern coastal region of Spain that has been the birthplace of many great musicians -Oscar Espla, Ruperto Chapi, Jose Iturbi, Lopez Chavarri, Martin y Soler, Joaquin Rodrigo, Tarrega, etc. He later moved to Madrid, where he studied at that city's Royal Conservatory under Roman Alis and attended the most theoretically advanced courses at the Festival de Granada with Luigi Nono, Carmelo Bernaola, and Luis de Pablo. After graduating in 1988, Llorca traveled to New York in order to continue his studies at the Juilliard School, where he has worked with composers David Diamond and John Corigliano. Upon completing his studies, Llorca assumed a faculty position at Juilliard, and continues to teach there today. Llorca combines his teaching responsibilities at Juilliard with his work as a composer, which has garnered him the Richard Rogers Scholarship (1992), the Virgen de la Almudena Award (1999), and the John Simon Guggenheim Award (2001). Ricardo Llorca is the composer-in-residence for the New York Opera Society and the New York-based dance company "Sensedance." Llorca is currently teaching at The Juillliard School and at The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York City. Llorca is a grant recipient of "The Argosy Foundation" and "Met-Life/Meet the Composer 2008.""

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