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REVIEW, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, 12 October 2018: Following his overall smashing Inaugural Season as TSO Music Director, Maestro José Luis Gomez said, for his second season, he would show us his Latin side. This concert delivered two fine South American masterworks, counterbalanced by Johannes Brahms orchestral coming-out party – his first symphony, completed at age 43. "...and she was hanging from my lips, as the word of flesh that made the Poem live, because I told him, friends, the Parable of the Volcano and the Seven Stars."
  ~ Andrés Eloy Blanco
'El Río de las Siete Estrellas' (The River of the Seven Stars) is Evencio Castellanos' seminal orchestral musical political history of Venezuela – a tour de force of orchestral coloration and of artistic settings of suggestive fragments of folkloric melodies. In tracing Venezuela's journey of “discovery” by Christopher Columbus, through Simón Bolívar's final victorious battle for Venezuelan independence from S…
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