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.
September 3: I Am Maria – This week’s episode offers an overview of Astor Piazzolla’s only opera, Maria de Buenos Aires. Host Cally Banham shares highlights from the surreal plot, then takes a closer look at the instrumental interludes and the opera’s most enduring aria, “Yo soy Maria” – “I am Maria”.
August 27: Taxi Dancers (rebroadcast) – As part of tango tourism in Buenos Aires, there are dancers for hire, nicknamed “taxi dancers”, who will accompany a tourist to a public milonga and insure their client has a fun experience! Host Cally Banham shares her own experience as a tango tourist in Buenos Aires, and showcases some lively tangos from Troilo and Di Sarli.
August 20: D’Arenzio’s Dance Band (rebroadcast) – Argentine violinist, composer and band leader Juan D’Arienzo was known as “El Rey del Compás” (King of the Beat). His orchestra was active for more than 50 years and people still love to dance to D’Arienzo’s music today! Host Cally Banham shares the story and recordings of this wildly popular musician.
August 13: Pugliese’s Passion and Politics (rebroadcast) – Host Cally Banham talks with conductor and fierce champion of Latin American composers, Gisèle Ben-Dor, about her mission and her exciting career and shares some of Ben-Dor’s spectacular tango recordings.
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.