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20190320 McAlen Wind Ensemble Francisco RocafuerteConcert features pianist Francisco Rocafuerte

The McAllen Wind Ensemble’s season finale, “A Gatsby Gala,” will be a celebration of music from the Roaring ‘20s. Under the baton of director Roger Olivarez, the band will perform the music of Gershwin, Holst, Grainger, Cole Porter, and more. This concert will feature pianist Francisco Rocafuerte performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue. Rocafuerte will also lead the band as guest conductor in a performance of Danzón no. 2 by Arturo Márquez.

The concert will take place at the McAllen Performing Arts Center on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at just $10 and are available at the McAllen Convention Center Box Office,, and at the door the evening of the concert. For more information, visit or call 682-227-2101.

Francisco Rocafuerte began his musical career as a highly respected pianist. During his career, he has performed in various countries, received multiple awards, and recorded various renditions of well-known pieces. Eventually Rocafuerte translated his skills to conducting allowing him to be successful as both an artist and director.

20190320 McAllen Wind Ensemble Group 92QRocafuerte has been a faculty member at Universidad Autónoma de Puebla – School of Music, “Escuela de Perfeccionamiento del centro cultural Ollin Yoliztli” (Mexico City), The University of Texas and The Austin Chamber Music Center. He has offered master classes at almost every music conservatory in Mexico and at various institutions throughout the United States.

Since 1988, Rocafuerte has partnered with fellow Uruguayan pianist, Edison Quintana performing duets at numerous music festivals as well as for the world premiere of Arturo Márquez’s, Danzón no. 2 for two pianos. He is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his musical career and continues to perform over fifty concerts a year.

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