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Choir of Madrigalistas of Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende

FOTO ALMA CURIEL (14)

By Viridiana Gutiérrez Tejeda

Begin Holy Week in San Miguel with a masterful concert by the Choir of Madrigalistas of Bellas Artes, Mexico City, conducted by John Daly Goodwin. The concert will take place March 25 at the Angela Peralta Theater.

The Madrigalistas will be fresh from performing this same program on March 18 and 23 at the Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The Chamber Music Festival is proud to bring the choir to San Miguel as the first concert of its 40th Anniversary Festival of 2018.

The first selection on the program is the choral work Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, commissioned by Chichester Cathedral in Sussex, England. Following its premier in 1965 by the New York Philharmonic, the hopeful, life-affirming work immediately entered the standard repertoire and is performed regularly around the world, especially in this centenary year of Bernstein’s birth. Each of the work’s three movements includes a complete psalm paired with related excerpts from another. Sung in Hebrew, Chichester Psalms has been described as being tuneful, tonal, and contemporary, featuring modal melodies and unusual meters resulting in what Bernstein called “an old-fashioned sweetness.”

Completing the concert is the Requiem Mass by French composer Maurice Duruflé, recognized as one of the gentlest and most beautiful settings of the Requiem text ever to have been written. Duruflé’s music is distinguished by his use of Gregorian chant, often quoted directly and at other times used for its melodic contours and harmonic implications. The result is a work of enduring popularity with singers and audiences around the world.

The Madrigalistas Choir of Bellas Artes, founded in 1938 by Luis Sandi with the aim of spreading choral music in all its forms, is celebrating its 80th anniversary. It has performed in numerous concerts and festivals in Mexico and the United States, conducted by several famous conductors.

John Daly Goodwin, who after a distinguished career of 31 years in New York has established himself as a conductor in Mexico, will conduct the choir at this event.

Tickets are available at the Angela Peralta box office and online at the festival website festivalsanmiguel.com Ticket prices are 600, 450, and 200 pesos.

 

Concert

Madrigalistas Choir of Bellas Artes

Concert conducted by John Daly Goodwin

Sun, Mar 25, 5pm

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Mesones 82

600, 450, and 200 pesos

festivalsanmiguel.com

 

 

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