“Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992) arr. by Oscar Escalada
Conducted by Maxwell Dykla
Maxwell Dykla is from Belding, Michigan where his involvement with music at school and in the community influenced him towards pursuing a degree in music education. At VanderCook, Mr. Dykla is a piano major, chapter president for National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), serves as music director for 33rd Street Productions and the TechTonics a cappella group, and works in the ensembles office. He is also a member of a student run jazz group that performs for various events on campus and in the city such as TEDxIIT and Relay for Life, and serves as music director/pit conductor for local high school musical productions. After graduating, Mr. Dykla plans to teach and, down the road, pursue a career in professional pit orchestra playing/conducting.
“Libertango” is originally an instrumental piece that was first performed by Astor Piazzolla and his combo in 1974. Piazzolla’s composition, a combination of the feelings of “liberty” and “tango,” radically pushed the boundaries of the tango traditions and was originally met with opposition from Argentinean critics. Eventually, his work was met with great acclaim. Oscar Escalada’s choral arrangement was commissioned in 2000.