Por Eso Te Quiero ”Because I Love You” | First Chair Chamber Series

The kick-off event of a special chamber music series, celebrating Mother’s day with a collection of Spanish language art songs that explore the complexities and wonders of motherhood. 

About the First Chair Chamber Series:

The First Chair Chamber Series is an annual series that goes through 2023 that focuses on the music of underperformed LGBTQ composers and composers of color. Great Bend First Chair members are leaders throughout our community who support Great Bend Center for Music’s vision.


About Por Eso Te Quiero:

Art songs are so often about the pain of love — lost love, unrequited love, love gone awry. So you’d think the tension between the bottomless love you feel for your child(ren) as a parent, and the constant, boundless anxiety you also experience about their well-being, would be a rich source of inspiration for poets and composers alike. But it’s rare in the English, German, French, and Italian repertoire. Not so though for Spanish art song, where there’s a whole tradition just around canciones de cuna, or cradle songs (lullabies). 

So to celebrate Mother’s Day and kick off a new chamber music series, Great Bend Center for Music will be featuring a collection of Spanish language art songs that explore the complexities and wonders of motherhood. 

Featuring the music of Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge, Cuban-American composer Ernesto Lecuona, and Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino, this Sunday matinee performance will include selections both humorous and introspective performed by Great Bend Center for Music’s founder Matthew Melendez with pianist Joe Sartori in an interactive, conversational format. 

This special performance kicks off an annual series that will go through 2023 in the rich acoustic and intimate environment of Faith Lutheran Church in Shelton. 

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