The Music of Tango Masters Featured in Schemel Concert Cabaret

Jun 2, 2010

      The music of tango masters of the past will be reprised during The University of Scranton’s Schemel Forum Concert Program. “Tango Power Returns! A Concert Cabaret Featuring the Music of Tango Masters Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla” will be held on Monday, June 28, at 6 p.m. in Rose Room of Brennan Hall.  

      The concert will be performed by Pablo Zinger, pianist and arranger, and Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Barbara Govatos (violin) and John Koen (cello). 

      Gardel, widely considered the world’s first great tango singer, was born in 1890 and became a popular star on tour first in Latin America before thrilling audiences in Europe. In addition to a being popular singer, Gardel was an accomplished composer, recording artist and, eventually, a movie star. He died in a plane crash in 1935.

      Gardel’s path did cross Piazzolla’s. Gardel became a friend of Piazzolla’s family and the boy had a small part in Gardel’s famous movie “El Dia Que me Quieras.” Piazzolla went on to construct an accomplished career as a tango composer and bandoneón player. He pioneered new areas of tango that, among other things, incorporated an essence of jazz, creating what was termed “nuevo tango.” Like Gardel, he played his music for audiences around the globe. Piazzolla died in 1992. 

      “Tango Power Returns!” is free to Schemel Forum Members. Tickets for non-members cost $20 for individuals and $30 for couples. Reservations are required to attend. Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

      To register, contact Kym Fetsko, events coordinator, at (570) 941-7816 or For more information on programs and memberships, contact Sondra Myers, director of the Schemel Forum at The University of Scranton, at (570) 941-4089 or

      The Schemel Forum is a program of participatory learning experiences aimed at cultivating the intellect and the imagination through study and discussion of classical texts and current policies, from the arts, history and philosophy to technology and theology. Founded in 2006 through generous gifts to the Rev. George Schemel, S.J., Fund, the forum has grown quickly from a handful of informal lectures to a comprehensive enrichment program of study, dialogue, performances and special events. Session fees vary by program. 

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