The Visitors Center and Morehouse Parish Library hosted a concert Tuesday, Nov. 19 featuring Piatigorsky Foundation performers Rodrigo Garciarroyo and Mario Alberto Hernandez.
A variety of songs were performed including Core N'Grato, La Danza, Capricho, Be My Love, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Maria from West Side Story, Te Quiero Dijiste, Mujer, Jurame, Intermezzo, Jota Te Quiero and No Puede Ser.
Rodrigo Garciarroyo began singing under the teaching of Jorge Gonzalez Avila and later studied at both the Escuela Nacional De Musica and the Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City. He received scholarships to pursue his vocal studies in Puerto Rico, Israel and New York training under artists such as Joan Dornemann, Lucy Arner, Cesar Ulloa, Mignon Dunn, Martina Arroyo, Sherill Milnes, Ira Siff, Anthony Laciura, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell and Enrique Patron de Rueda. Garciarroyo has sung in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Mexico on stages all around the country. He made his debut at the Palacio de Bellas Artes with the Compania Nacional de Opera as Cavalleria Rusticana's Turiddu in 2011 under the teachings of Maestro Niksa Bareza and at Lincoln Center with the Verdi Requiem conducted by Maestro Patrick Gardner in 2009.
Mario Alberto Hernandez studied with Ma. Eugenia Arvizu and Ma. Teresa Rodriguez and studied the violin with Jose Homero Melgar. He graduated from Law School at the prestigious University of Guanajuato and was a violinist in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Guanajuato from 1986 to 1989. Since then, he has been a professor of vocal repertoire and vocal ensembles at the Escuela Superior de Musica of Bellas Artes in Mexico City. As a piano accompanist and internal conductor, he has performed at festivals such as the Cervantino, the Sinaloa Festival and the Ciudad de Mexico, and with the concert opera of the orchestras Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, the OFUNAM and the Sinfonica de Mineria. He studied conducting at South Mississippi University and made his debut as a conductor in 1993 with an orchestra formed by musicians of the Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico and the Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato orchestras. He was the piano coach for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony where he got the chance to collaborate with the renowned conductor Sir Neville Marriner at the Bellas Artes Palace. He's performed in three tours with Garciarroyo for the Piatigorsky Foundation in Florida, Washington and Wyoming.
During one of the piano solos, children in the audience were invited to come up and stand beside the piano and watch Hernandez's hands as he performed.
A reception was also held afterwards and the performers visited and signed autographs.