Coro De Cámara live with ‘Spanish Fusion’
TPopular choral ensemble Coro de Cámara returns live with ‘Spanish Fusion’, a tribute to music from Spain and Latin America. Courtesy / Anne Marsh
By ANNE MARSH
Coro de Cámara Council
After a year of virtual concerts, the popular choral ensemble Coro de Cámara returns live with “Spanish Fusion”, a tribute to the music of Spain and Latin America.
Two outdoor shows will be offered:
- 3 p.m. Saturday, October 16, White Rock United Methodist Church (580 Meadow Way)
- 3 p.m. Sunday, October 17, Fuller Lodge Plaza (2132 Central Avenue)
Coro de Cámara Artistic Director Nylea Butler-Moore said, “To celebrate the opportunity to perform in person, we wanted music that is uplifting, moving and beautiful, which these pieces are. While the songs in our virtual spring concert originated from the Northern European Renaissance, this program moves to the Western Hemisphere and into contemporary times, and honors our neighbors to the south.
All the songs are sung in Spanish, with the exception of the opening Latin song, “Salmo 150” by Ernani Aguilar, one of Brazil’s most famous contemporary composers. Since Psalm 150 sings praises with instruments and dance, Aguilar’s high-rhythm performance is an exciting way to start the concert. Also from Brazil, an energetic piano solo played by Yelena Mealy, “Tico-Tico no fubá (Sparrow in cornmeal)”, by Zequinha de Abreu.
From Colombia comes “Bullerengue”, a dance piece with complex polyrhythmic patterns. “El Vito” is a fiery song from Andalusia arranged for five-part female voices and flamenco handclaps. In contrast to these rhythmic pieces, two songs from Uruguay / Argentina (“Te Quiero”) and Chile (“Tu sangre en la mía”, with a text by the poet Pablo Neruda) paint beautiful images of words. Butler-Moore says, “Once you hear these melodies, you’ll be humming them away!”
The concert features two familiar works, “Guantanamera” and “La Bamba”, with guest guitarist Larry Rybarcyk and percussionist Joe Cox. Butler-Moore notes: “Members of the public may not realize that the words of ‘Guantanamera’ were written by Cuban national hero José Martí. Indeed, many of our concert songs are rooted in liberation struggles. “
She continues, “Our version of ‘La Bamba’ is based on the arrangement of Ritchie Valens (Richard Valenzuela), who mixed his rock guitar with a Mexican folk song from Veracruz. Traditionally, the bride and groom dance to this song at their wedding. Spectators may also want to dance!
“An outdoor concert is the surest way for us to share the beauty of choral music,” says Butler-Moore. She notes that Coro de Cámara has rehearsed outside and that all singers are vaccinated and masked. Their special masks have enough space so as not to affect the sound quality. “If you closed your eyes, you would never know the singers were wearing masks. “
For the safety of all, masks are mandatory for spectators and vaccinations are encouraged. Check the Coro website for any changes in weather conditions.
Donations will be gratefully received during concerts. The suggested donation for adults is $ 20, free for students and youth.
This program is funded in part by grants from New Mexico Arts and Los Alamos MainStreet. In the words of Nylea Butler-Moore, “If you like rhythm, syncope and beautiful choral singing, you’ll love this concert.” Join us!