Barroque sounds to inundate Old Havana in September
- Submitted by: manso
- Editorial Articles
- 09 / 04 / 2011
By: Maritza Mariana Hernández. CUBARTE.03 de Septiembre 2011. Ancient scores will come to life during the ninth month of the year in the San Francisco de Paula Church, when on September 3 starts the ninth Barroque September concert season, organized by the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana and the Ars Longa Antique Music Band.
In the former temple, found in the Alameda de Paula, there will come together important Cuban and foreign musicians, moved by the barroque sounds and the movement of Antique Music in Cuba, who will interpret programs of excellent production until September 30, every Friday and Saturday, at seven o´clock in the evening.
The opening gala on the comming Saturday reserves a concert with pieces by German composers, directed by master Teresa Paz, in whcih the Ars Longa Antique Music Band will share the stage with young musicians, who have joined the practice of historically informed interpretation (a movement based in the recovery of music from original instruments and sources).
On Friday 9, the Sonantas Habaneras Guitar Orchestra, under the leadership of Professor Jesús Ortega, will offer a program centered on the Italian barroque, with melodies by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli. On Saturday 10 there is expected the performance of the Union Saxophone quartet, from the Province of Camagüey, who will execute themes from the barroque repertoire.
On Friday 16 and Saturday 17 there will take place in that stage two North American organ players: Colin Daniel Lynch will interpret pieces by the composers Dietrich Buxtehude, Jan Pieterzsoon Sweelinck and Johann Christoph Bach, among others, while Vincent Carr will play piecs by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Pachelbel and Francisco Correa de Arauxo.
Colin is an assisting music director and organ player from the Trinity Church in Boston City. Vincent –a graduate from the sacre music institute in Yale- works as an associate organ player in the Basilic of the Sacred Heard Cathedral in Newark. They have both been awarded on several international competitions.
On Friday 23, Barroque September announces the Eternal Music Orchestra, directed by Professor Guido López-Gavilán, who will dedicate their concert to the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. They will perform the Cantata 140 Wachet auf! Ruft uns die stimme, with the performance of the Havana Poliphonic Choir, in charge of Professor Carmen Collado. On the next day, there will be the quintet Ventus Habana, of Alina Blanco and the Moving Cane Trio , of Osmany Hernández, who will offer the public themes by Georg Friedrich Händel and Johann Sebastian Bach.
These events will end on September 20 with a concert by the Ars Longa Antique Music Band, who will present selections from The Purple Rose Opera, composed by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco on the scriptplay by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, the first of this sort composer and executed in America and the single surviving opera of one the most renowned teachers of American barroque.
Surged in 2003, the Barroque September concert season is an initiative of the Ars Longa Antique Music Band, directed by Teresa Paz. It aims to develop a program with pieces by the musical barroque period which took place in Europe and America between thw 17th and 18th century.
The ancient San Francisco de Paula temple, which has become a concert room, has a high heritage value anda n excellent acustic level. It is also the proper stage for the interpretation of historical repertoire.
Translation: Karen López (Cubarte)