Three international music phenomenons have been added to the 2017-18 Symphony Center Presents schedule: from Mexico, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán on Oct. 15; from Italy, pianist-composer Ludovico Einaudi on Oct. 24, and from Spain, flamenco cantaor Diego El Cigala on April 6, 2018.
Einaudi and Diego El Cigala will be making their Orchestra Hall debuts, while Mariachi Vargas is returning for its 11th annual SCP engagement. Tickets for each concert are available now for subscribers; single tickets go on sale June 1 for the Mariachi Vargas and Einaudi programs, and Aug. 11 for Diego El Cigala.
Founded in 1897 by Gaspar Vargas in the Mexican state of Jalisco, Mariachi Vargas has shaped the evolution of traditional Mexican music and has helped to establish the mariachi genre as that nation’s trademark sound. Over the last century, Mariachi Vargas has collaborated with Mexico’s greatest singers and composers, including Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, Lola Beltrán, José Alfredo Jiménez, and more recently, superstars Vicente Fernández, Luis Miguel and Juan Gabriel.
Italian composer-pianist Ludovico Einaudi studied at the Milan Conservatory with the legendary Luciano Berio. Known for his exploration of classical and popular music, Einaudi also is an acclaimed film composer whose credits include the 2008 BAFTA winner “This Is England” (2006) and the Cesar Award-winning drama “The Intouchables” (2011). He’s a popular crossover classical artist with nearly 740,000 followers on Spotify. Einaudi also has performed alongside musical greats such as duduk master Djivan Gasparijan and Turkish turntablist Mercan Dede.
Born as Ramón Jiménez Salazar, Diego El Cigala established himself as a leading cantaor (flamenco singer) at an early age; he went on to perform with giants of the genre such as Camarón de la Isla, Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Gerardo Núñez, Vicente Amigo and José Monje Cruz, who gave the artist his stage name (which in English translates as “The Little Prawn”). After conquering the field of flamenco, Diego El Cigala branched out into other Latin styles, such as son, tango and salsa. In 2004, he won his first Latin Grammy for “Lágrimas Negras” (2003), his breakthrough collaboration with Cuban jazz pianist Bebo Valdés. In 2011 and 2013, Diego El Cigala won Latin Grammys for best tango album. His most recent release, “Indestructible” (2016), features him alongside an all-star lineup of Fania Records salseros such as Oscar d’Leon, Larry Harlow and Bobby Valentin.
To purchase tickets, call (800) 223-7114 or (312) 294-3000, visit cso.org, or stop by the Symphony Center box office, 220 S. Michigan.
TOP: Concerts by Diego El Cigala (from left), Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and Ludovico Einaudi have been added the SCP lineup for next season.