APRIL 7, 2016
Make use of a variety of opportunities throughout the month of April to learn more about Manuel Areu. John Donald Robb was one of the individuals who recognized Areu's importance and supported his works be archived in the Center for Southwest Research.
In 1952, the weathered and stained handwritten musical scores and manuscripts of Zarzuela composer Manuel Areu were discovered in a garbage dump in Jerome, Arizona. The papers are now archived in the Center for Southwest Research in UNM's Zimmerman Library, and that is where students in UNM's Honors College, working with Argentinian conductor Javier Lorenzo, were able to access them and begin the long process of translating Spanish manuscripts and restoring musical scores.
On Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. the New Mexico Philharmonic will perform a selection of Areu's recovered Zarzuelas at the National Hispanic Cultural Center as part of the month-long New Mexico Philharmonic Music and Arts Festival.
Festival events include a research symposium on UNM's campus, silent film screenings at the KiMo Theater, a photography exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and a poetry reading. The full schedule can be found by clicking here.
The story of Areu's music and the Honors College project to restore his work is detailed here.
Please join Honors students, faculty and alumni at the concert!