On Sunday October 30th UNAM's Staccato (Coro Universitario Estudiantil/ University Student Choir) gave a concert to celebrate their 6th anniversary. I'm excited to say that the concert went extremely well!!
This was probably my favorite concert I've participated in so far with the choir (though giving my first two concerts in Oaxaca was pretty incredible as well!). It was definitely the most elaborate concert that I've participated in so far with the choir-- 16 songs, an intermission, lights and choreography, an incredible venue and 2 encores!
I also loved having Jeff in the audience, as well as friends from UNAM, Rotaract and Rotary.
The program included:
Lux arumque - Eric Whitacre
Tangueando - Oscar Escalada
Esti dal - Zoltán Kodály
Agnus Dei - Samuel Barber
O magnum mysterium - Morten Lauridsen
Tres epitafios - Rodolfo Halffter
Se equivocó la paloma - Carlos Guastavino
Adiós Nonino - Astor Piazzolla
Samba de verdade - Eduardo dos Santos Gudin
La Sandunga -- traditional song from Oaxaca, Mexico
Cielito lindo huasteco - traditional song from the Huasteca, Mexico
I'll Follow the Sun - John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Eleanor Rigby - John Lennon and Paul McCartney
In caelum fero - Kart Jenkins
Chili con carne - Anders Edenroth
Peze kafe - traditional song from Haiti
and for encores we sang Mi Ciudad and El Cascabel
(Yes, those included songs in Spanish, Latin, Hungarian, Portuguese, English and Haitian Creole -- as well as others that are all "sounds" as opposed to words)
The concert was held in the Anfiteatro Simón Bolívar, inside San Ildefonso. Our backdrop was Diego Rivera's mural "Creation" (which I studied in a Latin American Art class my senior year at Elon and now got to sing in front of!)
|Diego Rivera's "Creation" (1922)|
Diego Rivera painted "Creation" in 1922. A male (bottom right) and a female (bottom left) figure represent Adam and Eve. The figures on the right side represent knowledge (in the blue and gold cloak), erotic poetry, tradition, tragedy, and the four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, restraint/temperance, and courage/fortitude. The figures on the left represent music, song, comedy and dance as well as three theological virtues: charity, hope and faith. The figures at the top right and left represent science and wisdom. (Explanation based on this site).
|an empty Anfiteatro Simón Bolívar|
|singing Esti Dal|
|singing Samba de verdade|
|singing In Caelum Fero (women's piece)|
|singing Peze Kafe|