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May 27: Eva Peron and Magaldi – What was the connection between Argentina’s famous first lady and tango singer Augustín Magaldi? Cally introduces us to the real Magaldi, whose nickname was “the sentimental voice of Buenos Aires”. Also featured is Astor Piazzolla performing his own beloved tango ballad, “Oblivion”.

May 20: Legend of La Telesita – The chacarera is a folkloric dance that is a relative of Tango. Cally shares the Argentine legend of “La Telesita” – the most famous chacarera dancer, the mythical girl who danced herself to death. Also featured are rhythmic tangos from Alfredo Gobbi and Osvaldo Pugliese, as well as an Astor Piazzolla offering from Yo-Yo Ma.

May 13: Lord of Tango – Musician Carlos di Sarli was a paramount musician who created a style that is instantly recognizable from the first notes of any of his recordings. Cally shares the story of the revered orchestra leader behind the dark glasses, and classic recordings of his compositions, including his masterpieces Milonguero viejo and Bahía Blanca.

May 6: 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.

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About Cally Banham

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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