Houston's 5 Best Weekend Events: Tango Buenos Aires, With Wild Abandon, Modern Masters & More

Company Dancers of Tango Buenos Aires
Company Dancers of Tango Buenos Aires
Photo by Lucrecia Laurel

Eva Perón, Argentina's beloved and wildly famous former First Lady, has inspired generations of her compatriots with her rags-to-riches life. Evita, the Broadway show and subsequent movie based on her life, tells her story through music. With The Song of Eva Perón, Tango Buenos Aires tells her story through dance this Friday. Tango, to be precise. Led by Artistic Director Rosario Bauza and choreographer Héctor Falcón, Tango Buenos Aires performs an evening-length tribute to Perón, from her rise to fame in the 1930s to her tragic death in 1952.

Fernando Marzan, the production's music director, explains the show's score: "[Tango] has such a variety of influences (African, Italian, Spanish and Creole) that the mood of the music can suddenly turn from a sizzling milonga to a melancholic melody in just a moment." Able to create an atmosphere of sensuality or tension with just a glance or subtle gesture, the company's dancers reflect the same dynamic shifts. The quick footwork patterns, sustained dips, intense stares and elegant postures are all present.

Presented by the Society for the Performing Arts, the performance includes more than two dozen dancers onstage, accompanied by live music. 8 p.m. Friday, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org. $30 to $90.

Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst makes his Houston Symphony debut with Copland and Dvorák, this Friday, a program that features Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto and Dvorák's Symphony No. 7. Also on the program are Charles Ives's Symphony No. 1 and Goran Fröst's (Martin's brother) Klezmer Dances for Clarinet and Strings.

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Copland and Dvorák are stylistically different, according to Brinton Averil Smith, the Houston Symphony's principal cellist. "Dvorák may give you a whole symphony full of yearning, but Copland gives you moments of yearning and a lot of moments of tapping your feet," Smith says. "You have the singing Dvorák melodies, but you also have this structural tension...For [Dvorák]...there's something in the mix of darkness and light, the real drama and the tension that I don't think he had in his previous symphonies. This [piece] was really a giant."

The Houston Symphony's music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, still in his inaugural year, leads the orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. $25 to $125.

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