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Argentine Pianist to Perform at Hartnell College

October 29th, 2003

Argentine pianist Roberto Buffo will present a concert at Hartnell College on Friday, Nov. 14.

The free program, presented by Hartnell's World Music Institute, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 125 of the Performing Arts Building.

The concert, titled "A Celebration of Spanish and Argentine Music," will feature the music of Carlos Guastavino, Isaac Albéniz, Juan José Castro and Manuel de Falla.

Buffo was recently named main conductor of the 65-member, professional Tucumán (Argentina) Symphony Orchestra.

After he received his bachelor's degree in piano performance and music education from the Tucumán Conservatory, Buffo performed extensively in his native country as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist.

He later came to the United States and obtained his master's degree in piano and orchestral conducting at the University of Kansas and his doctorate in the same areas at the University of Minnesota.

As a pianist, he specializes in the late Romantic repertoire as well as Spanish and Argentine composers.

Buffo and Hartnell music instructor Carl Christensen have an Argentine music connection. Christensen spent three weeks in Tucumán this past summer as guest conductor of the 55-year-old Tucumán Symphony. With a population of more than 500,000, the city of Tucumán is the largest and most important city in northwest Argentina.

During his summer visit, Christensen attended a concert by Buffo. "When I heard Dr. Buffo's impassioned performance of this fiery music, I knew it would be very well received by our community. I am very excited and pleased that he has accepted our invitation to perform at Hartnell."

Also a scientist, Buffo holds master's degrees and a doctorate in pharmacy and agricultural/ food engineering. He has published more than 20 papers as a scientist.

For more information on the Buffo concert, call Carl Christensen at (831) 755-6906.