Department of Music

Honor Band

January 13-15, 2023

Conductor: Luis Pérez, Argentina

Luis Pérez studied piano at the Cordoba Provincial School of Music and composition at the National University of Cordoba. He received further training under Maestros Cesar Franchisena and Gerardo Gandinian and studied orchestral conducting with Maestro Carlos Calleja. Since 1988, he has conducted premiere performances of choral works as well as different chamber pieces by Argentine composers. As the founding conductor of various chamber and opera ensembles, he has introduced important masterworks to Cordoba, his birthplace, such as, "Cantata for Magic America," by Alberto Ginastera, and, "Ionization," by Edgard Varese. He has conducted the Symphony Band of the Province of Cordoba, the National Symphony Band of Blind People, the Symphony Band of Sao Paulo State (Brazil), the Jovem Symphony Band (Brazil), and the Valkenburg Symphony Band (Holland). He has also conducted the Camera Choir of Córdoba and the Poliphonic chori of Córdoba and has served as the artistic conductor of de Poliphonic Choir Delfino Quirici in the city of Río Cuarto in the province of Córdoba. Pérez is the composer of the opera, "The April Children" (2013), on the topic of the Falklands War, and "Mass on the Argentine Independence Bicentennial" (2016), lately renamed, "Mother Country Mass," with a 2019 version for full symphonic band, never performed yet. He is also the composer of musical pieces for children’s shows, such as, "The Odyssey of the Little Prince," and "Gutiérrez has gotten lost." He has also composed music for Theatre Ballet shows, such as, "At the Crossing," and, "Restricted Area." Currently, Pérez is working on the soundtrack for, "Babilonia," the film directed by Jorge Salvador, as well as for the multimedia show, "A Woman's Voice."

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