Sending rhythmic vibrations straight to the heart of
audience members with their ground breaking
performances, Alturas Duo- the only group of its kind-
has been recognized as one of the most entertaining and engaging ensembles performing in the chamber music world today.
Scott Hill, guitar and Carlos Boltes, viola and charango
Praised by The Washington Post as playing with "marvelous
virtuosity," Alturas Duo is recognized as one of the most
engaging ensembles performing chamber music today.
Bringing together the worlds of South American folk, western
classical, and contemporary music, guitarist Scott Hill and
violist and charango player Carlos Boltes have performed
throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as well as
Central and South America to great acclaim. As Christopher
Zimmerman, Music Director of the Fairfax Symphony, notes
that Scott Hill and Carlos Boltes as the Alturas Duo are the
quintessential 21st century artists."
The award winning Alturas Duo takes its name from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's poem "Alturas de Macho Picchu." The English translation for Alturas means "heights." The performances of Scott Hill and Carlos Boltes oscillate from the beautiful and serene to fiery and pulsating. They are entertaining, engaging, and enthusiastically allow audiences to journey to new musical heights by way of their unique blend of classical and South American music.
Piano by Nature will be presenting Alturas Duo in performances on both Saturday, April 20th at 7PM and on Sunday, April 21st at 3PM. There will be a special appearance by the Adirondack Community Children’s Chorus (ADKCCC) led by Jennifer Moore on the Sunday concert ONLY. The Chorus will be working with Alturas Duo
throughout the week before the concerts and will be singing their selections in Spanish.
Both concerts will be held at the Historic Hand House in Elizabethtown, NY. Tickets are a suggested donation of $15 per adult, and only $5 for anyone 15-and-under. We are glad to take reservations by phone or email and offer our tickets at the door on the day of the concert. And if you would like to give us a little bit extra towards our next season and/or sponsor an upcoming concert, please let us know.We always appreciate your help!
For more information visit www.pianobynature.org, our Piano by Nature Facebook page, and/or call 518 962 8899
And a little about the “charango” thanks to our friends at Wikipedia:
The charango is a small Andean stringed instrument of the lute family, which probably originated in the Quechuaand Aymara populations in post-Columbian times, after European stringed instruments were introduced by the Spanish during colonialization. The instrument is widespread throughout the Andean regions of Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, northern Chile and northwestern Argentina, where it is a popular musical instrument which exists in many variant forms.
About 66 cm [26 inches] long, the charango was traditionally made with the shell from the back of an armadillo(quirquincho, mulita), but also it can be made of wood, which some believe to be a better resonator. Wood is
more commonly used in modern instruments. Charangos for children may also be made from calabash.Many contemporary charangos are now made with different types of wood. It typically has 10 strings in five courses of 2 strings each, but many other variations exist. The charango was primarily played in traditional Andean music, but is more and more frequently being used by other Latin American musicians. A charango player is called a charanguista.