Tango with Cally is a weekly radio program hosted by Saint Louis Symphony musician Cally Banham. She shares tango recordings from the late 1920s to today, along with stories about the history and culture of Tango music and dance.
May 8 and 13: Finding Tango in Unexpected Places – Tango isn’t limited to Argentine composers and traditional tango instruments like violin and bandoneon. The style appealed to Igor Stravinsky, and jazz harmonica player Hugo Diaz, to name just a couple of surprises! Cally shares tango recordings from these two composers at the ends of the spectrum, with classics in between.
May 1 and May 6: Poema – Cally tells the dark story of Francisco Canaro and Eduardo Bianco’s Tango masterpiece “Poema”, shares romantic selections from the Osvaldo Fresedo Orchestra, and features pianist Leif Ove Andsnes in a stunning little gem from the Isaac Albéniz suite “España”.
April 24 and 29: Golden Era Tango – Cally features “Golden Era” tango classics from the ’50s, along with great contemporary performances by two living virtuosos, classical violinist Nicola Benedetti and tango bass player Pablo Aslan.
April 17 and 22: The Tango with Cally premiere!
Cally Banham has been a proud member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra since 2006, when she was appointed to the Solo English horn position by then-Music Director David Robertson. Previously she was Solo English horn with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, and Principal Oboe with the Memphis Symphony. Cally has performed as a guest in the principal English horn chairs of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra.
In 2013, Cally transformed her hobby of dancing Argentine Tango into a musical pursuit. She founded Cortango, a tango/classical/jazz six-piece fusion ensemble. Cortango released its debut album, Tandas, in 2015. In 2018, Cally co- produced her own solo Christmas album, Cor Christmas, which received extensive radio play on classical stations in the US and Canada.