Pacho Flores

Pacho Flores, Héctor Molina & Luis Manuel Sánchez

with the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble
November 01, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Ensemble season. This is an archived view.

The ensemble welcomes four captivating guest artists for a program of Latin American composers, including three premieres.

22/23 Hop Ensemble

Written by preeminent Mexican composer Arturo Márquez and transcribed for wind band by Flores, Concierto de Otoño para trompeta is a showcase of Pacho's virtuosic talent and sensitive musicality, with Luis Manuel Sánchez conducting, as together they perform the US premiere. Molina and Flores then join the DCWE to bring their energetic flair to the premiere of Flores' Cantos y Revueltas: Flores on trumpet, Molina on Venezuelan cuatro, with Brian Messier conducting. Luis Manuel Sánchez, appears as part of a conductor exchange program that continues with DCWE director Brian Messier guest conducting the UNAM wind ensemble on December 4. This spring their ensembles will perform together on tour in Mexico City in support of the Mexican Repertoire Initiative at Dartmouth.

Generously supported by the Deborah E. and Arthur E. Allen, Jr. 1932 Fund, the Richard F. Mattern 1970 Fund and Friends of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble.

Pacho Flores
Pacho Flores was awarded First Prize in the Maurice André International Contest, the most renowned trumpet contest in the world, as well as First Prize in the Philip Jones international contest and First Prize in the Cittá di Porcia international contest. Trained in the marvelous Orchestra System for Youth and Children in Venezuela, he received top recognition for his performances, recitals and recordings as a soloist. Capable of managing classical or popular styles indistinctively, Flores adds to his captivating interpretations a great deal of energy tinged with the most beautiful instrumental colors. Founding Director of the Latin-American Trumpet Academy in Venezuela, he fosters a promising generation of young talents. As an artist from the Stomvi family, he plays instruments that have been exclusively manufactured for him by this renowned firm, and is actively involved in the developments and innovations of his instruments. Pacho Flores is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist with already five recordings, Cantar with Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and Christian Vásquez; Entropía with guitarist and cuatrista Jesús 'Pingüino' González, Gold Medal of the Global Music Awards; Fractales with Arctic Philharmonic and Christian Lindberg; the double CD-DVD Cantos y Revueltas with Real Filharmonía de Galicia and Manuel Hernández-Silva; and Estirpe with Orquesta de Minería y Carlos Miguel Prieto.

Héctor Molina
Héctor Molina is an exceptional Venezuelan composer, cuatro and guitar player with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition from UNEARTE (Experimental University of the Arts) Venezuela. He has shared the stage with many acclaimed musicians. In 2010 he won the second prize at the Composition Competition "José Fernandez Rojas" in Spain, with his work Suite Latinoamericana for Plectrum Orchestra. He is a founding member (2000) of the Venezuelan music ensemble Los Sinvergüenzas whose work includes five recording productions. Hector is a member of the C4 Trío (2005) along with Jorge Glem, Edward Ramirez and Rodner Padilla. Together they have recorded six albums and a DVD. They are five-time nominees and two-time winners of the Latin Grammys; in 2014 as Best Recording Engineering for an Album for De Repente and in 2019 as Best Folkloric Album for Tiempo al tiempo. The ensemble was also nominated for the Grammy Awards twice; in 2018 with the album Pa Fuera and in 2020 with Tiempo al tiempo. With C4 Trío he maintains an intense concert schedule in the most important theaters and festivals in North, Central, South America and Europe. In 2018 Héctor release his first album called Giros, where some of the most important Venezuelan musicians participate and where he shows more of his role as a composer. In 2022, he releases Travesía, an album of Cuatro soloists.

Luis Manuel Sánchez
Sanchez graduated with honors from the Faculty of Music of the UNAM (Universidad Nacional 
Autónoma de México) as a tuba player under the guidance of Mtro. Dwight Sullinger. From 2007 to 2015 he was Chief Conductor of the Federal Police Wind Symphony, and from 2017 to 2020 he was Chief Conductor of the Mexico City Typical Orchestra. He has nine record productions as the head of various ensembles and in 2019 he was nominated for a Latin Grammy for his participation as the Conductor of the Symphonic Band of the UNAM Faculty of Music on the album "Vereda Tropical", alongside Spanish singer Olga Cerpa. In 2012 he was awarded with the "Social Merit" medal by the Federal Police of Mexico for offering free concerts in more than 25 states of Mexico. In January 2019 he won first place at the "III Meetings of Orchestral Conducting" organized by Bilbao-Musika, Spain. He is currently Chief Conductor of the Symphonic Band of the UNAM School of Music and Assistant Music Director of the National Opera House.

Mexican Repertoire Collection at Dartmouth
Mexican Repertoire Collection at Dartmouth

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