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lorenz2.jpgFrom MSU Today on Impact Radio: The Cuban rumba takes the lead in composer and MSU associate professor of music Ricardo Lorenz’s symphonic work, Rumba Sinfonica, written in collaboration with Jorge Gomez, musical director of the hit Cuban music group Tiempo Libre.

Rumba Sinfonica is a 30-minute sound travelogue exploring the full possibilities of a Cuban band and orchestra playing together and fusing the urban rhythms of past and present Cuban music with the sophisticated sounds of the classical symphony orchestra.

“It’s a coming together of two worlds that rarely come together,” says Lorenz. “The styles are very rich on their own, and they’re much richer together.”

Lorenz talks about his inspiration for the piece and about his relationship with Gomez and Tiempo Libre. He talks about what attendees of the performance can expect and describes how audiences and musicians have responded to the piece.

Hosted by Russ White.

Hear the Conversation 21:06 – 12.1 mb mp3

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