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The Spanish Hour

Mondays, 10 to 11 pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1, and online at
  • Hosted by Candice Agree

Meet the people of the Spanish-speaking world through their music. The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree presents recorded performances featuring Iberian and Latin American composers, conductors and performers.  Host Candice Agree combines her musical training from the Eastman School of Music with her training in Spanish and Catalan language to present works from the Iberian Peninsula, the Americas, Mexico, and the Caribbean from the Middle Ages through the 21st century.

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Time to Tango - July 2018

Jun 26, 2018

Tango is a dance that has influences from African, Native American and European culture. Dances from the candombe ceremonies of former slave peoples helped shape tango as we know it today. The dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and continued to gain acclaim and popularity throughout the world. 


Meet Cuban-born  Tania Justina León, a composer, conductor and professor of contemporary concert music. She was born in Havana, Cuba on May 14, 1943.

6/4       The Red Book of Montserrat The Shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat was a major 14th-century pilgrimage site. Tonight we hear selections from the Red Book of Montserrat (El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat), the collection of devotional texts and music for the pilgrims to Catalonia’s Montserrat Monastery. Jordi Savall leads La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI.

Mundelein Park District | Mundelein, IL

5/7       Choral Music for Cinco de Mayo A potpourri of Mexican choral music, from the 17th-century to today, including works by Juan García de Zéspedes, Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Guillermo Álvarez, and Sergio Cárdenas.

5/14      ¡Vamos a Bailar! / Let’s Dance! A live concert recording of some of the most recognizable and beloved popular dances of Spain.

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4/2       The Cuban Connection A recital of 20th-century chamber music by Cuban-born compsoers Agmar Alderete, Yalil Guerra, and Leo Brouwer, performed by the Havana String Quartet. Recorded live in concert at Instituto Cervantes New York.

4/9       Will You Do the Fandango? A program devoted to the Fandango, the most Spanish of Spanish songs and dances.  We’ll hear a variety of classical interpretations by Antonio Soler, Granados, Boccherini, Vives, and, yes, Mozart.

(photo: Georges Braunschweig)

The Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos, former Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Teatro Real in Madrid, has died at age 78.

Read about the Maestro López Cobos' long career which included serving as General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin from 1981 to 1990, Music Director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra from 1991 to 2000 and Music Director of the Teatro Real in Madrid from 2003 to 2010.


One of the 20th century's most important South American composers, Alberto Ginastera, is explored in the March 12th broadcast.

3/5       Dancing in Barcelona Waltzes, sardanas, mazurkas, and more by a variety of Catalan composers, some very well known  --Enrique Granados, Federico Mompou, and others well known mainly in Spain -- Zamacóis, Morera, and Blancafort.

3/12      Alberto Ginastera Works by the self-described “man of Latin America” and one of South America’s most important composers of the twentieth century.


Meet composing brothers Ernesto and Rudolfo Halffter who worked on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. (Ernesto, L; Rudulfo, R)

2/5       Mid-20th Century Spanish Composers Works by Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno-Torroba, and Julián Menéndez for clarinet, guitar, and piano.

2/12      Composers and Brother Ernesto and Rodolfo Halffter Ernesto and Rodolfo Halffter were both composers, but one made his name in Mexico while the other made his name in his native country of Spain. We know you’ll enjoy the music of both.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1/1    Mexican Icons Of The Twentieth Century - Chamber, Orchestral, and ballet music by José Rolón, Carlos Chávez, and Carlos Jiménez Mabarak, three icons of the classical music of 20th century Mexico.
1/8    Andalusian Guitar - Works by Granados and Palomo for guitar, inspired by Spain’s southern region of Andalucía. Turibio Santos and Pepe Romero are featured.


12/4      Piano Español / The Spanish Piano Lesser known Spanish composers Federico Longás and Jesús Guridi take their places alongside Isaac Albéniz on this program of Spanish piano masterpieces.

12/11    Venezuela’s Composers and Orchestras  Orchestral works by Inocente Carreño, Aldemaro Romero, and Antonio Estévez Aponte, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and Eduardo Mata.

12/18    Born In Buenos Aires Works by three porteños – natives of Buenos Aries – of three generations: Alberto Williams, Alberto Ginastera, and Jorge Liderman.

Spanish Art

For more on the Spanish influence on Renaissance music and the arts, visit this page to read more.

11/6      Profile: Isaac Albéniz The life and work of Isaac Albéniz and the cultural environment that allowed him to flourish.

11/13    Spanish Compositions By Non-Spaniards  Spain in the imagination and musical works of Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, and Chabrier.