July 2, 2022

Latin Grammy Award Winner Fernando Otero to play in Essex July 28

Fernando Otero will play a solo piano concert on July 28, 8:30pm as part of the Book Hill Series at the Ulrich Franzen House designed for Henry and Shavaun Towers, to benefit Community Music Series in Centerbrook, Connecticut. First introduced to series producer Deirdre Towers during the Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City, Otero was featured in a documentary about the new generation of tango aficionados in TANGO: A STRANGE TURN directed by Mercedes Garcia Guevara in 2004. In deference to the Connecticut Tango Festival which runs July 14-22nd, Otero will play a few tangos for the audience to dance.

Argentine composer and pianist Fernando Otero found his voice as a writer, musician and bandleader when he began to incorporate the indigenous sounds of his native Buenos Aires into his work. On his Nonesuch debut “Pagina de Buenos Aires,” he evokes a feeling of Buenos Aires – something you can sense even if you’ve never been there – through his innovative use of the bandoneon. Now based in New York City, he won the 2010 Latin Grammy Award for best classical music album.

The BBC Music Review said that his music is “Urbane and exotic, surreal and streetwise, and alive with emotion and invention.” The New York Times, as recently as May 16, 2011, praised the “sizzling interpretations of sultry and rhythmically vibrant works by Fernando Otero” played at Symphony Space, New York.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the door or by contacting CMS: http://www.community-music-school.org/contact/administrative.htm. For more information on Fernando Otero, visit http://www.fernandootero.com/ .More on Ulrich Franzen House, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAcvMwcNAl4

Community Music School is an independent, nonprofit school which began as a pilot program in the summer of 1980. Patricia Hurley, the school’s founder and artistic director, had a vision to enrich students’ lives with musical opportunities beyond the public school programs. The 6,000-square-foot facility houses 17 studios. CMS is member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and to follow that organization’s Code of Best Practices