The University of Costa Rica has selected Aquino as guest composer for the XIII Music Composition Seminar. This event includes symphonic concerts, chamber music, composition masterclasses, conducting workshops and electroacustic music. The seminar includes the premiere of Darwin’s string quartet “Lluvia Antillana” (2011):
Lluvia Antillana (2011) “a tropicaine kuartet”
Specially composed for an exhibition of Dominican paintings. The string players alternate also performing folkloric instruments, such as claves, metal guira, pandero y caja. The themes and rhythms of the piece are taken from Hispanic and African music that culminates with a short version of the American song “Singing in the Rain” (1952).
– Allegro Moderato / II – Calmo, Expresivo / III – Energico!