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DATE CHANGE! Crescendo Music: A Story of Hope in the Voice of the New World

DATE CHANGE! Crescendo Music: A Story of Hope in the Voice of the New World
Date(s) - 01/08/2023
4:00 pm


CHANGED DATE due to illness. Concert is Sunday, January 8 at 4:00pm!

Festive vocal and instrumental music from Colonial Latin America

Voices and instruments bring alive Hispanic Renaissance polyphony from late 16th to early 17th cent. music manuscripts, found in convents of Northwest Guatemala, and vocal and instrumental music from the Peruvian Martinez Comapañón Codex.

The “Latin American mss. Guatemala music manuscripts” are a collection of vocal works of Spanish and Indigenous Renaissance compositions from c. 1570 to 1635 that were used in the villages of Santa Eulalia, San Juan Ixcoi, and San Mateo Ixtatan in the commune of Huehuetenango in northwest Guatemala. Some works were written by native Mayans, and others were brought by missionaries and are mostly Spanish works. The “Martínez Compañón Codex”, also called the “Trujillo Codex” is a manuscript that brings together more than 1,400 watercolors and 20 scores, and which was commissioned by Baltasar Martínez Compañón, Bishop of Trujillo between 1780 and 1790. The musical pieces are mostly popular songs and tunes as well as religious songs from northern Peru. While they were mostly composed in European style, many of them show the influence of native rhythms and genres of the Peruvian coast and highlands. The watercolors illustrate the customs and ways of life of northern Peru, showing dances brought there by the native and African populations that lived in this area during the 18th century.

Performers are sopranos Rebecca Palmer and Jayne Segedy, tenor José Ignacio Lagos, and baritone José Sacín, with a period and folk instrument ensemble directed by Christine Gevert

Sunday, January 8 at 4:00pm at Saint James Place in our Sanctuary Space.



Support has been provided to Crescendo from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.