Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The choir goes to Tlaxcala

Last week we went to Tlaxcala to participate in Tlaxcala Canta (Tlaxcala Sings), Tlaxcala's 1st International Chamber Choir Festival. The festival ran from December 1-8, with choirs from Venezuela, Nicaragua and various parts of Mexico. There were workshops and concerts throughout the week, though we only participated the 6-7th.

Here's the preview video (in Spanish) where we appear for a split second around 00:21



We were invited to give a concert Thursday December 6 at the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Cathedral. We opened, followed by the group Voz en Punto.

We sang:
Tangueando - Oscar Escalada (who was in the audience)
O magnum mysterium - Morten Lauridsen
Benedictio - Urmas Sisask
Bogoróditse Djévo - Arvo Part
Salve Regina - Lars Jansson
Eleanor Rigby - John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arrangement by Paul Hart
Louva a Deus - Milton Nascimento, arrangement by Sergio Sansao


rehearsing before the concert

Voz en Punto
Voz en Punto performing "Negrito Bailarín"



Voz en Punto performing "La negra"




the choir after the concert with Oscar Escalada

at dinner after the concert 

Friday morning we wandered around Tlaxcala a bit (though I'm glad I had been once before with Karen, since going in a big group is always more complicated! You can read about my previous trip to Tlaxcala here).







pretending like I went to the archeological site Cacaxtla

After lunch we rehearsed with Óscar Escalada: professor, composer, director, writer and editor of coral music, and Vice President of the Argentine Association for Choral Music, "America Cantat." We rehearsed his piece Tangueando and his arrangements of Astor Piazzolla's Verano Porteño and Libertango, which we would be performing under his direction during the concert at San Ildefonso on Sunday. It was an incredible experience working with him, as he brought so much knowledge and passion to the pieces.

rehearsing with Óscar Escalada
After rehearsal we had a brief meeting and then headed back to the DF, to continue preparing Saturday for Sunday's concert. 




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