Saint James Place
352 Main St Great Barrinton, MA
Alturas Duo and Gonzalo A. Cortés (quena, zampoña and percussion) join the Crescendo Vocal Ensemble led by Artistic Director Christine Gevert for a program of 16th century Spanish polyphony and contemporary Latin American folk music titled “Thanksgiving for Life and Love.”
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' 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 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 Rafael Alberti, one of the greatest literary figures of the Silver Age of Spanish literature.