Our friend, José Evangelista (1943-2023)

January 16th, 2022 Download this release in PDF format

For Immediate Release – January 16th, 2023

 

STATEMENT FROM THE ESPRIT ORCHESTRA AND MUSIC DIRECTOR ALEX PAUK ON THE DEATH OF COMPOSER JOSÉ EVANGELISTA

 

Our dear friend José Evangelista was the third composer to be commissioned in the early years of Esprit Orchestra’s existence. The commissioned work, titled Elephant in the Dark, revealed José’s penchant for bringing many diverse cultural influences into his music.

Over the past 40 years we’ve premiered and performed many more of his works making them part of Esprit’s musical fabric.  

The brilliant title, Violinissimo that he gave to his violin concerto, became the title for an entire Esprit concert of violin concerti, including his, that we presented on November 27, 2022. Even though we knew he was ill, it wasn’t expected that within a few short weeks after our concert, José would pass away and Aaron Schwebel’s beautiful interpretation would contribute to Esprit’s last performance of his music while he was alive. We wish he could have been with us at the concert.

Alex Pauk, C.M.

Music Director

 

Violinissimo, the concerto, opened Violinissimo the concert. Click below to experience this virtuosic showpiece.

José Evangelisa- Violinissimo