Sunday, June 19, 2016, 3:15 PM
Joseph Bonnet (1884-1944)
Variations de Concert, Op. 1
Jehan Alain (1911-1940)
from Trois mouvements pour flûte et orgue
Allegro con grazia
Rafael Alers (1903-1978)
Monserrate Ferrer (1885-1966)
Danza: Recuerdos del Pasado
Carlos Lamboy (b. 1986)
One of the leading organists in the Caribbean, Andrés Mojica is the organist and organ professor at the University of Puerto Rico, in San Juan. He has performed at many concert halls including Princeton Chapel, St. John the Divine and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Methuen Memorial Hall and Trinity Church in Boston. He has appeared on NPR program’s Pipe Dreams. Mojica has performed as soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and the Bayamón Symphony Orchestra.
Press reviews have praised Mojica for his “knowledge of the baroque organ language", "mastery of the instrument", "flawless interpretation", and "boundless energy” (El Nuevo Día). He has premiered solo works by Puerto Rican composers Carlos Lamboy, Luis Manuel Álvarez, Carlos Alberto Vázquez and Raymond Torres-Santos. Flutist Ana María Hernández and he form the Mojica-Hernández Duo, and they have frequently played in the States and Puerto Rico. As a teacher, he has attracted a large pool of organ students and has been responsible for the enthusiasm of the organ and its repertory in Puerto Rico. Andrés Mojica has held positions in various churches and schools, such as Phillips Academy, Andover and Union Church of San Juan.
Mojica holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Kansas University, a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, having studied with James Higdon, David Higgs and Haskell Thomson.
Ana María Hernández-Candelas
Ana María Hernández has performed as soloist in Europe, Latin-America, the United States and the Caribbean. She is the Piccolo Soloist of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. A supporter of new music, she has collaborated with several composers in the creation of new works that premiered with the Puerto Rico Symphony and with the Kroger Quartet in Denmark. She has been a prize winner of UFAM and Nerini competitions in Paris. She attended French Flute Convention as Arista Flutes representative and played a recital at the Seville Expo in Spain. She has been soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphony, Ecuador National Symphony, Trujillo Symphony Orchestra in Perú, the Latin-American Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia, Puerto Rico Chamber Orchestra and Seville Chamber Orchestra in Spain. She has performed with the Ensemble International de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique d'Europe, Orchestre Tutti, Concerto Soloist of Philadelphia and Haddonfield Symphony.
She holds a Doctor of Musical Degree from Kansas University, a Master of Music Degree from Peabody Conservatory, a Diplome d'Exécution of the École Normale de Musique de Paris, a Diplome Supérieur de Flûte of the École Nationale de Ville d'Avray (Médaille d'Or), a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico and Bachelor of Music from Puerto Rico Conservatory.
She has served as artistic director of the First Latin-American Flute Festival and also created a Piccolo Course at the Puerto Rico Conservatory. She also taught at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, the America´s Youth Orchestra Festival and the University of Kansas where she was the Graduate Teaching Assistant. She received numerous awards and scholarships from the National Endowment from the Arts, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and the Association for the Symphony Orchestra. Ana María is the Artistic Director of the Heliconia Chamber Group. Her debut CD, Flauta Boricua/Puerto Rican Flute, was named one of 2014 Top 20 CD Productions by the Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular in Puerto Rico. It was sponsored by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.