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Whidbey Island Music Festival: Music of Missions and Mysteries-Latin American Baroque
August 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Whidbey Island Music Festival is delighted to present its twelfth summer season of chamber music concerts. This season will present a wide-ranging series of six performances of four different programs, all on period instruments. The Whidbey Island Music Festival is a beloved annual event that presents great performances of of baroque and classical vocal and instrumental chamber music in relaxed and intimate venues on beautiful Whidbey Island, with repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Beethoven and beyond. The festival brings the past to life with vivid and moving concert performances on period instruments.
As the Spanish empire colonized Latin America, music became an important tool for evangelism and a key part of the quest to convert and ‘civilize’ the indigenous populations. In this programme, Pacific MusicWorks, led by GRAMMY award winner Stephen Stubbs, explore the vibrant mix of Italian, Spanish, African, and indigenous elements that created the new musical style that developed in the cathedrals and missions of Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and Bolivia. Both immigrant and native composers celebrated and explored the great mysteries of faith in spirited and vivacious works that can continue to speak to us today. Music by Esteban Salas, Manuel José de Quiroz, Manuel de Zumaya, and others.
Tess Altiveros and Danielle Sampson, sopranos
Tekla Cunningham and Adam Lamotte, violins
Maxine Eilander, Spanish harp
Stephen Stubbs, lute and baroque guitar
Peter Maund, percussion
Henry Lebedinsky, organ and harpsichord
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