Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Choir concert at San Ildefonso... with special guests!

On Sunday the choir performed at the Anfiteatro Simón Bolívar in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. We were honored to have in attendance Óscar Escalada,  Josep Prats, Pablo Trindade and Jorge Córdoba Valencia,  all important figures in the world of choral music. 

The program was: 

I. Conducted by Marco Antonio Ugalde
Alleluia. Dic nobis, Maria - Francisco López Capillas (1608 - 1674)
Locus iste - Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896)
Agnus Dei - Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981)
Benedictio - Urmas Sisask (1960)
Bogoróditse Djévo - Arvo Part (1935)
O magnum mysterium - Morten Lauridsen (1943)

II. *Conducted by Óscar Escalada
Tangueando - Óscar Escalada (1945)
Verano porteño - Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992), arrangement by Óscar Escalada
Libertango - Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992), arrangement by Óscar Escalada

III. Conducted by Marco Antonio Ugalde
Del corazón del hombre, from La Señal - Guillermo Álvarez Navarro (1952), text by Jaime Sabines
Se equivocó la paloma - Carlos Guastavino (1912 - 2000), text by Rafael Alberti *Conducted by Josep Prats
Tres epitafios: I. A Don Quijote, II. A Dulcinea, III. A Sancho Panza - Rodolfo Halffter (1900-1987), text by Miguel de Cervantes
Song of the Plains - Karl Jenkins (1944)
In caelum fero - Karl Jenkins (1944)
Eleanor Rigby - John Lennon (1940 - 1980) and Paul McCartney (1942)
I'll Follow the Sun - John Lennon (1940 - 1980) and Paul McCartney (1942)

Samba de Verdade - Eduardo Gudin, arrangement by Pablo Trindade *Conducted by Pablo Trindade
Mi Ciudad - Guadalupe Trigo, arrangement by Jorge Córdoba Valencia *Conducted by Jorge Córdoba Valencia

Óscar Escalada was our guest of honor and the guest conductor for the three pieces we performed that he had written and/or arranged (TangueandoVerano Porteño and Libertango). His explanation of the pieces and passion in conducting brought new life to the pieces that had already been staples in the choir's repertoire. I think I can speak for the choir when I say we were in awe working with him and it was an incredible experience. When we finished one of the pieces, he made the gesture of a fingertips kiss (think Italian - bringing the fingers and thumb of the hand together, raising to lips, kissing lightly, and joyfully tossing fingers and thumb into the air) and told us "Fantástico!"

with Oscar Escalada after the concert

Josep Prats, Pablo Trindade and Jorge Córdoba Valencia participated in the concert as well. Prats conducted Guastavino's Se equivocó la paloma and for the 2-song encore, Trindade played piano and conducted his arrangement of Samba de Verdade and Córdoba conducted his arrangement of Mi Ciudad. It was very interesting working with different conductors and experiencing their distinct styles. 


after the concert with friends from my Master's program 
Thanks Xóchitl, Tania, Tatiana and Ana for coming to see me!! (And taking photos / videos! )

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