Juan Carlos Escudero is one of South America's leading pianists. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 1984. In 1994, Escudero joined the Rimsky -Korsakov Music Conservatory of Guayaquil, where he began his piano training with Aliona Dziouba. In 1999 he began studying piano and chamber music with Reinaldo Cañizares. In 1995 he won the First Prize of the Ecuadorian National Musical Competition at the Ecuadorian - German Cultural Center. Mr. Escudero has performed all over North and South America. We are thrilled to have him as our guest performer.
In addition to this wonderful Beethoven work, St. Maries Musica and SONOVA will present one of three world premiere performances of Children of Zeus, by Brian Wilbur Grundstrom. St. Maries Choral Arts co-commissioned this work “in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Robert W. Boyd”. To quote Jeffrey Sean Dokken, Director of SONOVA, “Children of Zeus is an incredibly exciting new commission by American Composer Brian Wilbur Grundstrom. It is comprised of 5 movements, each one focusing on one of Zeus’s children. Grundstrom has masterfully set to music text about these Greek Gods and Goddesses, capturing their spirits and personalities in this epic new work for orchestra and choir. From the lush, mysterious harmonies of Dionysus to the loud and militaristic Ares. From the beautiful melody of Aphrodite and the cynicism of Hercules, to the almost hypnotic refrain of Apollo. Children of Zeus is a magnificent new work that will keep you engaged, entertained, and educated from first note to last.” ~ Maestro Jeffrey Sean Dokken.
According to Greek mythology, Zeus was the supreme ruler of the Gods. His wife was Hera but not all the children portrayed in this piece were Hera’s, which made her quite jealous. Ares was the son of Zeus and Hera. He was the god of war. Apollo is the god of music, healing and knowledge and as the god of the sun, rode his chariot to move the sun across the sky. His mother was a human, Leto of Delos. Aphrodite, known in Roman mythology as Venus, is the goddess of Love and Beauty. She is said to have sprung from the sea foam near the island of Cyprus. Dionysus, Bacchus in Roman mythology, is the god of wine. His mother was Semele, a princess of Thebes. Hercules was the strongest on earth and considered himself the equal of the gods. His mother was a mortal, Alcmene. Hera hated Hercules, and drove him to kill his wife and children. As penance, he was given 12 labors, including slaying the Hydra (the water monster that grew two heads for every one that was cut off), cleaning the Augean stables (where 3,000 divine cattle had lived for over 30 years without it ever having been cleaned), and catching the Erymanthian boar.