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Crescendo: Thanksgivings for Life & Love

Crescendo: Thanksgivings for Life & Love
Date(s) - 02/01/2020
4:00 pm


Crescendo’s Thanksgivings for Life and Love

16th Century Spanish Polyphony and Contemporary Latin American Folk Music

Saturday, February 1 | 4:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

The concepts of Thanksgiving, The Dove, The Dew, Mary, Weeping and Remembrance are portrayed in Hispanic works of two different eras and styles. Featured are motets for four to six voices by Tomas Luis de Victoria, Francisco Guerrero and Antonio Lobo–some of the most remarkable composers of 16th century Spanish polyphony. Works include Victoria’s Te Deum, Guerrero’s Maria Magdalena, and Lobos’s Versa est in luctum, among others. In contrast, choral and instrumental arrangements of Latin American folk melodies of the 20th and 21st centuries by Carlos Guastavino (Argentina), Violeta Parra and Victor Jara (Chile), and others are celebrated as Canto Nuevo (The New Song). Some of the most famous themes are Parra’s “Gracias a la vida”, and Guastavino’s “Se equivocó la paloma”. The poetry of these newer works includes texts by Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral, and one of the greatest literary figures of the Silver Age of Spanish literature, Rafael Alberti.

Crescendo Vocal Ensemble is joined by Alturas Duo, Carlos Boltes, charango and viola, and Scott Hill, guitar, and Gonzalo Cortés, quena, zampoña and percussion. Directed by Christine Gevert from the organ.

$60 (Premium) / $35 (General) / $10 (under 18 years)