May 19, 2019
Richardson Auditorium

Derek Bermel sits at a desk with staff paper strewn about, looking thoughtful. Based on the beloved coming-of-age novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Derek Bermel’s Mango Suite re-tells the story of young protagonist Esperanza Cordero. Three stirring works by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla with special guest flamenco dancer Griset Damas Roche bring the PSO season to a thrilling conclusion.

“Derek Bermel is the quintessential 21st-century musician… staggering eclecticism from a true musical renaissance man.” – Gramophone Magazine


Rossen Milanov, conductor
Paulina Villarreal, mezzo-soprano
Griset Damas-Roche, flamenco dancer
Derek Bermel, guest composer

Derek BERMEL / Mango Suite*
FALLA / El Amor Brujo
FALLA / The Three Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1
FALLA / La vida breve, Spanish Dance No. 1

*Princeton Symphony Orchestra Co-Commission

A pre-concert talk with Rossen Milanov will take place at 3pm in Richardson Auditorium; free to ticket holders.

Paulina-Villarreal has long wavy brown hair and wears a blue blouse while smiling in this outdoor pose.

Griset Damas-Roche

PrintThe Mango Suite Project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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