On October 15th, at 2:30 pm in the Hamel Music Center’s Collins Recital Hall, UW-Madison DMA student Eric Delgado will offer a lecture and conduct the first public performance of his new piece “Variations on Cielito Lindo.” This work for ten instruments including winds, brass, and percussion will offer a polystylistic array of different takes on the famous Mexican song by Quirino Mendoza y Cortés, some humorous, some introspective, some so abstract as to be nearly unrecognizable. Delgado joined WORT’s Peter Haney in studio on October 11th to discuss the piece and how it relates to his upbringing San Diego, California and his Mexican American identity. A student of Les Thimmig, Delgado has previously studied with composers including Ken Ueno, Cindy Cox, Charles Mason, Dorothy Hindman and Lansing McLoskey. His works have been performed by the Jack Quartet, the Del Sol String Quartet, the Danish String Quartet, the Florida Orchestra, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra. More of his music is available on his SoundCloud page. More information about the concert is available from the Mead-Witter School of Music at the UW-Madison.
Image: Portrait photo of Eric Delgado. Credit: Joy Chen.