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Across the Andes

Live Performance

Across the Andes

Date: Friday, April 19, 2024, 8:30 pm
Price: $40 Regular | $30 Friends | $36 Students and Seniors
This performance is part of the Constantinople 2023/2024 season.
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The music of the Andes and South America are heir to pre-Hispanic musical traditions, which were enriched by the contribution of instruments and repertoires of the peoples who settled the lands of this “New World.” This interaction between vastly different cultures gave rise to a remarkable style, which was rediscovered in codices from the 16th and 17th centuries and has seen the inclusion of pieces from oral and popular traditions that were passed down through generations.


Enjoy a spectacular evening filled with light and colour as Constantinople’s musicians are joined on stage by Federico Tarazona — one of the greatest virtuosos of the most symbolic and representative instrument of Andean music, the charango.


Performers include:

Kiya Tabassian | Setar and Artistic Director
Federico Tarazona | Charango
Jonatan Alvarado | Baroque Guitar and Voice
Patrick Graham | Percussion
Tanya Laperrière | Baroque Violin and Viola D’amore
Didem Bašar | Kanun


Constantinople 2023/2024 Season Package

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Explore the season:

October 13, 2023 | Bach & Khayyam
May 29, 30, and 31, 2024 | Songs of Hope


About Constantinople


Constantinople is a musical ensemble that chose the journey — geographical, but also historical, cultural, and inner —as its cornerstone. It draws inspiration from many sources and aims for distant horizons. Inspired by the ancient city illuminating the East and West, Constantinople was founded in 2001 in Montreal by Kiya Tabassian.


About Kiya Tabassian


Setar virtuoso and acclaimed composer Kiya Tabassian has carved out a privileged place on the international music scene with his ensemble Constantinople and as a soloist. Past master in cross-cultural musical encounters, Tabassian travels across the five continents to present his creations and his music on stages worldwide.


About Federico Tarazona


Renowned for his exciting interpretation, extraordinary technique, and musical expression, Federico Tarazona is considered one of the greatest and most prominent Andean charango virtuosos and contemporary Peruvian composers.

Tarazona studied classical guitar and composition at the Lima Conservatory in Peru while teaching charango for four years at the José Maria Arguedas National Superior Folklore School. In 1995, he won the National Composition Prize from the National Conservatory in Lima and was awarded the Southern Peru Prize for Composition in 1997.

He subsequently pursued specialization in composition at the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, the Freiburg Musikhochschule in Germany, the Bordeaux Conservatory in France, and the Music Faculty of Laval University in Québec City, Canada.


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The Museum’s Performing Arts programming is generously supported by the Nanji Family Foundation.


Live Performance
Bach & Khayyam

October 13, 2023

Live Performance
Songs of Hope

May 29, 30, and 31, 2024

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