Don Quixote on the Piano: An Homage to Cervantes

$10 BGH Classics series

Mauricio Nader, Piano
Lisa Zane, Narrator

Bennett Gordon Hall
Saturday, November 19, 2016
7:30 PM
Gates Open
8:30 PM
Concert Starts

Reserved: $10
Ticket and Dining Package: $50
No lawn sales

Dining Package: You can make the concert a complete evening out when you purchase the concert/dining package for $50 per person. This convenient package comes complete with dinner in the Freehling Room before the performance in Bennett Gordon Hall. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.


Victor Carbajo:   Quijote enamorado
Victor Carbajo:   Quijote pensieroso
Ludwig Minkus:   Excerpts from the ballet Don Quixote
Marvin Camacho:   Tres Quijotadas de un Hidalgo
Domingo Lobato:   Vihuelas y guitarrones from Seis danzas para piano
Albéniz:   Castilla (Seguidillas)
Falla:   El retablo de maese Pedro

Concert Information

One of the most influential literary works in history, Cervantes’s Don Quixote rippled not only through later writing, including The Three Musketeers and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but also through numerous genres of music, informing an opera by Jules Massenet, a Broadway musical by Mitch Leigh (Man of La Mancha), a ballet by George Balanchine, classic songs by Maurice Ravel and Jacques Ibert, and a tone poem by Richard Strauss, as well as rock songs by Coldplay and Toad the Wet Sprocket, among countless other works. Ravinia fans will remember the festival’s 2005 One Score, One Chicago focus on Don Quixote, not only including performances of Strauss’s masterwork and, with Samuel Ramey, the songs by Ravel and Ibert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but also contributing to this body of work a new song cycle by Ana Lara and choreography by Luna Negra Dance Theater. Don Quixote has, of course, also been a source of inspiration for many musicians descended from Cervantes’s Spanish countrymen, including Mexican pianist Mauricio Nader, who makes his Ravinia debut with several such pieces to pay homage to Cervantes on the 400th anniversary of his death. The program includes a solo piano version of Falla’s “puppet opera” Master Peter’s Puppet Show, based on an episode from Part II of Quixote, and the Seguidillas from Albéniz’s Chants d’Espagne, a dance that may have originated in Quixote’s La Mancha. Nader also brings a handful of contemporary keyboard Quixote episodes, including tales of Quixote in Love and Pensive Quixote by Spaniard Víctor Carbajo and Three “Quixotadas” of a Hidalgo by Costa Rican Marvin Camacho. The performance will be complemented by spoken-word interludes of several excerpts from Cervantes’s Don Quixote.