ARTES VOCALES PRESENTS: CANTARES MEXICANOS
A Window into the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration
Join Artes Vocales for an enchanted evening of music and dance, inspired by the traditions and customs of Latin American countries that celebrate the lives of their ancestors. With guest dancers, percussionists, and a guitar choir, we are proud to present this exciting concert, featuring traditional and contemporary songs, along with a special performance of Joseph Julian Gonzalez' Misa Azteca, with renowned Tenor, Eduardo Villa. Authentic Mexican food will be offered after the performance.
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a popular holiday in Latin American cultures that celebrates the lives of our loved ones who have departed. In Mexico it is believed that the souls of our family members who have passed away, return once a year to the realm of the living. The celebration welcomes them home.
Misa Azteca is a staged, concert piece for orchestra, choir, soloists and pre-Columbian percussion ensemble. It hybridizes two cultures and religions into an eight-movement, oratorio-style, musical celebration for orchestra, choir and soloists. It is based on the ‘ordinary’ and ‘proper’ of the Roman Catholic High Mass and verses from the Cantares Mexicanos, a collection pre- and post-conquest verse of the Mexica (the Aztecs). Misa Azteca is sung in Latin, Spanish and Nahuatle. Portions of the work have been performed all over the world.
The program will also feature traditional and contemporary songs from Latin America.
Artes Vocales is an auditioned community chorus whose mission is to bring great choral music to Los Angeles area communities, to build a community of singers, provide rigorous vocal training, and provide career-enhancing opportunities to gifted musicians and composers. It is committed to enriching the musical breadth of members and audiences alike by sharing a rich and varied repertoire that reflects the universality of music and its singular ability to bring people together.
The concert will be conducted by Dr. Stephen Kronauer, who is a unique presence in the field of choral direction in three key respects: his professional singing background, his extensive experience as a vocal teacher and coach, and his commitment to ongoing vocal training and vocal health for all Artes Vocales singers.
Artes Vocales rehearsals are held at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, 100 North Hill Avenue, Pasadena, on Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 9:45pm. For more information or to schedule an audition, please email email@example.com.