TheComposerStudio.Com will present Tango Tonight! at the Castle La Crosse Bed and Breakfast in La Crosse.
This premiere house concert will come alive with a potent mix of music and dance when, award winning composer William Neil, virtuoso dancer, April Dahl and her partner Bassem Elhassan, and jazz master, Tom Gullion combine their extraordinary talents for an evening of original tango music.
The iconic Castle La Crosse, owned by hosts Billy Bergeron and Brandon Rigger, was built for entertaining and is perfectly suited for this evening of intimate music and movement.
The concert will begin with an homage to traditional tango music and progress to an improvisation on Neil’s “First Tango” and conclude with an over the edge solo choreography by April Dahl on his Tango No. 6
Seating is limited to see these unique artist collaborate for one night, so purchase your ticket in advance online.
ComposerWilliam Neil’s compositions present the listener with an intense brilliant effect (FANFARE MAGAZINE) and represents contemporary writing at its most intellectual probing (CHICAGO TRIBUNE). His extremely characteristic harmonic world (CLASSICAL CD REVIEW) is fundamental to the unfolding of his music. In the 1980’s Neil was appointed as the first composer-in-residence with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the first residency of its kind with a major American opera company. His opera, The Guilt of Lillian Sloan was premiered by Lyric in June of 1986. He then went on to produce award winning concerts and events at the New Music Chicago Spring Festival for several years. His has composed music for celebrated musicians including John Bruce Yeh and Chicago Pro Musica, guitarist Michael Lorimer and soprano Barbara Ann Martin. His Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, was premiered in Prague by the Czech National Symphony conducted by Paul Freeman has been recorded and released on the New Albany label. The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Platt, premiered his Symphony No. 1-Sinfonia delle Gioie in October of 2015. The Rome Prize and the Charles Ives Award are among his honors and his work has been recognized through grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, fellowships from the Fulbright Commission and the American Symphony Orchestra League and awards from ASCAP and BMI. In 2008 he served as the McKnight Visiting Composer with the American Composers Forum for the city of Winona.
DancerApril Dahl is the owner of Dahl Dance in Rochester, MN. She has been a professional dancer for over 20 years and dancing since she was 4. Her background includes ballet, contemporary, tap, acro, ballroom and latin dance, west coast swing and Argentine tango. She holds a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, is a certified postural alignment specialist and grand master level DVIDA instructor. In 2017 she began a five year commitment to a fellowship program with tango maestro Mariano ” Chicho” Frumboli. Tango has been her strongest passion throughout and she has toured extensively at home and internationally studying with the masters of this art form and connecting with new tango communities. She co-founded the Tango Society of Rochester in 2007 and served on its board for 5 years partnering with local business to bring tango to the downtown.April and her partner, Bassem, were finalists in 2016 at the US National Tango Championships and continues to pursue competitive goals.
Dr. Bassem Elhassan
DancerDr. Bassem Elhassan is a world renowned orthopedic surgeon with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He specializes in upper extremity and is recognized for his innovation and creativity in patient care. Dr. Elhassan is originally from Tripoli, Lebanon and a graduate of the American University of Beiruit, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and completed his fellowship at Harvard. He has won many awards for not only his surgery but also his compassion and patient care, voted one of the top 10 doctors in the state of Minnesota. An avid athlete as a child and young adult, Dr. Elhassan found tango in 2012 and it was a perfect match. His ability to innovate in the operating room, and his dedication to teaching his residents, carried over to the creativity and patience one needs to develop a tango. Known for his amazing memory and ability to choreograph quickly, he has been recognized as a local celebrity winning his first competition to benefit local arts education.
SaxophonistSaxophonist Tom Gullion brings a deep, soulful performance style, a sophisticated avant-garde sensibility, and a quicksilver technique. Now, at the peak of his musical maturity, he is launching a new album entitled Carswell, which includes ground-breaking compositions featuring like-minded musicians such as percussionist Ernie Adams, Chicago, and has even found time to organize the Driftless Jazz Festival in Southwestern Wisconsin. “Humbly walking in the footsteps of Sonny Rollins and other who have taken time for reflection in their careers, I’ve found my path is to bring music to the people. And that’s exactly what these new projects are about.”
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This concert will be the first in a series of chamber music concerts presenting extraordinary collaborations between musicians and musical genres, integrating new music with traditional repertoire, and incorporating visual and spoken arts.