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New Years: The Music and Cultural Politics of 20th Century Latin America

Dec 28, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017

A musical journey with Maestro Karl Middleman
$820/private room; $685/shared room; $525/commuter.

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610-566-4507, ext. 137

Celebrate the coming of the New Year at Pendle Hill. Renew body and spirit in a mindfulness retreat led by Valerie Brown, be inspired by a musical adventure with Maestro Karl Middleman, or combine creativity with reflection in the art studio with Melanie Weidner. However you participate in our New Years programming, you will be treated to a delicious home-cooked New Year’s Eve dinner, a chamber concert with special guest performers to be announced, and our traditional midnight meeting for worship.

Experience the color and passion of Latin American music, art, and politics. Savor the rich cultural heritage and dramatic landscapes of Latin America, the pulsing rhythms and ecstatic melodies of its folk-music, and the cross-fertilizing influences of the Old and New Worlds. The exuberant expression in music from Central and South America has inspired composers around the world. While enjoying vibrant music in stunning videos and live performances, we will also try to understand the variegated cultures from which it springs. Sometimes, as with Gustavo Dudamel’s highly regarded ‘El Sistema’ program, the underlying politics are complex and controversial. Among the principal composers we will explore are Mexico’s Carlos Chavez, Cuba’s Paquito D’Rivera, and Argentina’s Alberto Ginastera.


Karl Middleman happily returns to Pendle Hill for another in a series of year-end courses from among his repertoire of 300 music presentations and classes. As both a conductor and educator, his work has been hailed for the easy way it mixes scholarship with showmanship. Karl has lectured for the Philadelphia Orchestra over 50 times and has received many awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Karl teaches at Temple University and Cabrini College.

As a regular participant in Karl’s New Years’ program remarked: “Karl brings a total command of the subject matter, great passion and enthusiasm, and a versatile and engaging style of presentation to his classes. They are not to be missed.”

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