NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Department of Music, in conjunction with Kansas Paraguay Partners (KPP), is sponsoring two visiting artists from Paraguay, Liliam Rodriguez, coloratura soprano, and Diego Sánchez Haase, pianist, in concert Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.
The program will include works by Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Verdi, Villa-Lobos and others, along with a section of newly arranged Paraguayan songs. Supplementing the performance will be brief audio-visual introduction to Paraguay, its history and its unique musical traditions and styles, along with discussion and a time for questions and answers with the artists.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Liliam Rodriguez holds the Superior Degree in vocal performance and is a well-known soloist on concert stages in Paraguay, having sung with many of the country’s main orchestras. Besides numerous recitals, she has appeared with UniNorte Opera in Asunción. Continuing music studies have taken her to many seminars and performance workshops in Brazil as well.
In her first tour abroad, Rodriguez with Sánchez Haase will present five concerts. They will also conduct master classes at Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Washburn University and Wichita State University.
Diego Sánchez Haase conducts UniNorte Orchestra in Asunción and has been music director and principal conductor of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra since 2005, having come initially via the sharing program of KPP. Maestro Sánchez Haase will conduct the NMKSO Winter Classics concert Sunday, Feb. 8, at Newton High School.
Besides handling a full schedule of concerts, opera and ballet in Paraguay, Sánchez Haase is a professor of conducting, an award-winning composer and concert pianist. His experience includes major study with Helmut Rilling in Germany and the Bach Festival Workshop in Oregon.
KPP has just celebrated its 40th year as part of Partners of the Americas, a people-to-people volunteer organization in which most U.S. states and some cities have a partner in Latin America. Voluntary sharing in both directions takes place in the areas of education, agriculture, medicine and emergency services as well as cultural arts and other projects. Kansas and Paraguay have continued as one of the more active, and award-winning, partnerships over the 40 years.