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Viva Americas! Musical Bon-bons from North to South

Week of July 10, 2021

Musical Bon-bons from North to South
Light favorites of the Americas and beyond!  Music of Jacob Gade, Aaron Copland, Simon Tapia-Coleman, Robert Russell-Bennett, Schubert, Manuel de Falla and more.

Canción y Danza
Song & Dance-inspired treasures with a Latin American tinge!
Music of Jean Baptiste Breval, Paul Schoenfeld, Maurice Ravel, Arthur Foote, Manuel Ponce, Aaron Copland, Joaquin Nin and more.

 Lectures with Musical Examples:

  • From Huehuetl to Acordión: Viva Mexico – Mexican Musical Treasures
  • Son, Santería, Salsa… y Mucho Más – Powers of Cuban Music


Lauded by the New York Times as “dramatic, emotional and evocative,” violinist/violist Laura Klugherz appears nationally and internationally as a soloist, concertmaster and chamber artist. Laura has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including a student Fulbright award (Germany), and a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Research Award (Spain), and the Premio Juan Morales (Madrid) for Spanish music interpretation. After earning an Artists Diploma from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from University of Texas (Austin), she was appointed concertmaster of the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Bach Soloists. As a specialist in music of Spain and the Americas and sponsored by the USIS and the Fundación Andes, she has regularly concertized and taught throughout Central and South America. Laura is the author of A Performer’s Guide to Spanish Music (Greenwood Press) and has recorded regularly on Centaur and Capstone Records. Her recording The Violin/Viola Music of Amy Beach was selected as soundtrack for Ken Burns’ PBS series The War.  From 2010-2016, Laura was an acting violist with the Cuarteto Carlos Chávez of Mexico, and Professor of Music/Latin American Studies at Colgate University where she directs the Colgate Chamber Players and teaches courses on Mexico, Cuba and Latin American music. Trained in yoga and Feldenkrais, Laura is also a specialist in somatic education for musicians.


Hailed by The New York Times as “a pianist who plays with startling power, clarity and variety,” Christine Diwyk enjoys a diversified career as a solo artist, chamber musician and teacher.  As Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency (USIA), Ms. Diwyk has given recitals and master classes in Spain, Israel, Algeria and Jordan.  She has also performed at the Kennedy Center, under the aegis of the La Gesse Foundation, and at festivals in France and Switzerland.  Ms. Diwyk made her former New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall as winner of Artist International’s Young Musician Auditions.

Ms. Diwyk received her B.M. and M.M. from the Indiana University School of Music, and has studied with Marion Hall, Claude Frank and Nadia Boulanger.  She is co-founder of Musicians for Peace, an organization dedicated to raising funds for humanitarian causes.  Ms. Diwyk teaches privately and at the Spence School.  She has also served on the faculty of the Music Advancement Program at The Juilliard School and as a visiting Artist-in-Residence at Colgate University.


Laura and Chris have collaborated extensively since 1996 in festivals and concerts, showcasing repertoire from the traditional to the novel, including light classics to music from regions less known. They are delighted to share their Spanish, US and Latin American favorites with the Ranch.