Tango with Cally is a weekly radio program hosted by St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 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.

January 28: Milonga for the Pope – Pope Francis, who was born in Buenos Aires, is known to be a big fan of Tango. In December of 2014, thousands of people danced a mass tango in St. Peter’s Square in honor of the Pope’s 78th birthday! Host Cally Banham recounts some interviews that touch on Pope Francis’s experience with the tango and features his favorite music.

January 21: Color Tango Orchestra – Orquesta Color Tango has performed in the most elite venues across the globe since 1990, and their eleven albums are heard and danced to in milongas worldwide! Host Cally Banham showcases their recordings and shares her personal story about the ensemble.

January 14: Colombia and Tango – Host Cally Banham explores the journey of tango in Colombia, from a genre relatively unknown to one of its most famous and popular music and dance styles. (Pictured: “Dancing in Colombia” 1980 by Colombian artist Fernando Botero.)

January 7: Basso – Pianist, orchestra leader and composer José Basso was trained by the great Anibal Troilo, then led his own orchestra uninterruptedly for more than fifty years! Everywhere he went, from Argentina to Japan, he was wildly popular. Host Cally Banham plays the music of José Basso spanning his long career and tells stories of his extraordinary life.

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Cally Banham has been a proud member of the St. 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.

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