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.
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:
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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