Latin American Choral Music

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
8pm EDT/7pm CDT

Ahmed Anzaldúa is a Mexican choral conductor, classical pianist, and music educator of Egyptian descent.  He is the director and founder of Border CrosSing, an organization dedicated to integrating historically-segregated audiences, repertoire, and musicians through the performance of choral music. He is also a co-editor of the Justice Choir songbook and Director of Music Ministries at Unity Church – Unitarian.

In the US and abroad, soprano Elisabeth Stevens is hailed for her elegant artistry, majestic presence, and powerful voice. Her performances have been featured in Philadelphia on CBS News, NBC10, and New York’s WQXR, garnering invitations to sing at the Inaugural Celebration of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, and at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

View Lis’s presentation here.

Reading/Listening Materials

An overview of choral music from Latin America that is rarely performed in the United States. We will have a conversation about repertoire from different periods and common issues to bear in mind when performing this music.

Here are some links to examples of music that we’ll cover in this conversation. Watching the videos is not necessary but it will certainly enrich the experience if the listener comes with curiosity about the music itself:

View Ahmed’s full slide presentation.

Manuel de Ubeda — Introito from Requiem Mass

Hernando don Franco — Dios itlaçonantzine

Miguel Bernal Jimenez — Tres Antifonías de México

Blas Galindo — Corazón Disperso

Carlos Guastavino — Indianas

Leo Brouwer — Cantico de Celebración

Arturo Marquez — Cantata de los Sueños

Osvaldo Golijov — La Pasión según San Marcos

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