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México Chamber Symphony Brings Nation’s Orchestra Greats to Pay Tribute to Mayan and Aztec History

By Antonio Cabrero

An all-star orchestra of concertmasters and principals from the nation’s premier orchestras will meet in San Miguel de Allende next weekend to conjure up images of ancient México, including pyramids, ceremonial centers, the imperial cities of the Mayan and Aztec cultures, the plazas for goods and merchandises trade (tianguis), and the sacred roads where messengers ran (sacbeob).

The parades, the processions, and even the ball games are depicted with energetic, rhythmic vitality via the music created for this tribute to ancient México that I will direct, to be performed by the México Chamber Symphony.

I was inspired by the depictions of instrumental ensembles all over the murals and codices of ancient México, particularly those of the ancient city of Bonampak, located in modern-day Chiapas. This orchestra in particular that is depicted is said to have played for the Mayans’ sacred ball games, a ritual competition of cosmic significance.

The second half of this concert features a piece I composed in Santa Barbara, California. My inspiration came from a conversation with an elder of the Cachuma tribe, who described the legend of the magic rainbow, which states that at certain times of the year, a magic rainbow appears to connect the mainland to the Channel Islands, visible just off the coast. The Cachuma believe this rainbow allowed them to walk across a multicolored path to the islands.

There are four movements in this symphony to the rainbow: The prelude depicts the majestic rainbow in its entirety, including children playing as they skip across it. The other movements depict the efforts that the Cachuma must make in order for the rainbow to manifest itself to them. Only individuals who have attained a certain perfection of spiritual development and harmony with nature are allowed to make this passage.

With this concert, the México Chamber Symphony will be making its debut in San Miguel. The orchestra plans to continue to perform in this lovely city. At present, we have secured dates at the magnificent Teatro Ángela Peralta for next year.



México Chamber Symphony

Director/Composer Maestro Antonio Cabrero

Sun, Jul 28, 6pm

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Mesones 82, Centro



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