Students and participants of the Manuel Areu Project talk about their experience.
By Audrin Baghaie After a laborious three-year endeavor, the UNM Honors College, along with the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra and National Hispanic Cultural Center, have resurrected the works of late composer Manuel Areu and performed them live for the first time ever this past Sunday. Violinist, composer, actor and entrepreneur Manuel Areu (1845-1942) died after... Continue Reading →
The director of the Project, prof. Javier Lorenzo presented the Areu project in the Conservatory "Gilardo Gilardi" in the city of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Here is an example of the documents that can be found in the collection: the letterhead of "Los Hermanos Areu: Il Trovatore Trio" Creators of Cuban and Colombian songs.
On Monday, May 1st, Professor Celia López-Chávez presented "Migration and Music: The Countries of Spanish Composer Manuel Areu (1845-1942)" in the festival Arts & Music of New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra. Why “music and migration”? According to the 2011 special issue “Music and Migration” of the Academic Journal Music and Arts in Action “focusing on artists... Continue Reading →
It is common for orchestral musicians to write in the parts; usually indications for performance, changes in articulations, and important observations like, for example, how many times the musician needs to repeat certain passage. But sometimes it is possible to find critical comments about the written parts or even complains about the copyist. there is... Continue Reading →
Dr. Celia Lopez-Chavez presented the Manuel Areu Project at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, on April 5, 2017. The title of her talk was “Spanish Music Lost and Found: The Legacy of Manuel Areu (1845-1942).
When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 12:00pm-1:00pm Where: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room Join the LAII and University Libraries for a presentation with Dr. Javier Lorenzo, a Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar. Committed to the promotion of Latin American music, Lorenzo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been a teacher, conductor, and choirmaster since 1984.... Continue Reading →
The New Mexico Philharmonic, in collaboration with the UNM Honors College and in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the City of Albuquerque, the Consulate of Mexico in Albuquerque, and Chatter, hosted the The New Mexico Philharmonic Music & Arts Festival. The focus of the month long festival in April was Turn of the... Continue Reading →
Research Symposium: Recovering the Story and Music of Manuel Areu Friday, April 8, 2016 | 2:00pm to 4:00pm Frank Waters Room, Zimmerman Library The New Mexico Philharmonic, in collaboration with the UNM Honors College and in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the City of Albuquerque, the Consulate of Mexico in Albuquerque, and... Continue Reading →
Hundreds of Manuel Areu manuscripts discovered in a dumpster.
The Manuel Areu Project consists of bringing to light the original music and theater works of composer, musician, actor, and entrepreneur Manuel Areu. Areu was born in Madrid, Spain in 1845 and died in Mexico City in 1942. Although this collection was found in 1952, there were no efforts to recover and perform Areu’s original... Continue Reading →
José Luis Temes, a music conductor specializing in zarzuela, mentioned this collection in his book, “El Siglo de la Zarzuela:” “Scholars have found no evidence of the presence of zarzuela in the east coast of the United States at least until 1871, when the pioneer company of Manuel Areu arrived in New Orleans. From there... Continue Reading →
Inspired by the political and social events of the places where he lived and worked, Manuel Areu composed zarzuelas and dramas. The musical works composed by him are transcribed to be performed, and the manuscripts about his life and work are researched and analyzed within the cultural, political, and social contexts in which they were... Continue Reading →