The Kingdoms of Castille: Spanish, Italian, and Latin American Music
Richard Savino, Jennifer Ellis-Kampani and Nell Snaidas
Music Before 1800 opens its 38th season with El Mundo on Sunday, October 14 at 4:00 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church. The American vocal and instrumental ensemble directed by Richard Savino performs "The Kingdoms of Castille: Spanish, Italian, and Latin American Music." It provides a tantalizing look at the diverse cultures of Spain and the New World through 17th- and 18th-century sacred and secular songs, dances, and ceremonial pieces by Domenico Scarlatti, Hidalgo, Falconieri, Marin, Aparicio, and others. Latin American cathedrals and courts assimilated the repertory of both the Spanish and native populations. Even church compositions bore the imprint of folk music's invigorating dance rhythms. The program is from El Mundo's CD The Kingdoms of Castille, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011.
El Mundo was founded in 1999 by Richard Savino. In addition to directing El Mundo, he is an internationally known solo performer on guitar and other plucked strings. El Mundo specializes in 16th- through 19th-century Latin American, Spanish and Italian chamber music offered by the finest period instrument performers and singers – including Jennifer Ellis-Kampani and Nell Snaidas, sopranos; and Matthew Dirst, harpsichord.
"Director Savino and his instrumentalists played with terrific gusto.... And the vocalists proved themselves singers in possession of that all-too-rare combination of stunning purity of tone and dramatic insight." – Georgia Straight, Canada
DATE & TIME:
Sunday, October 14, 2012 4 pm
Corpus Christi Church 529 West 121st Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue Manhattan
$10-$45; $5 discount for students/seniors $10 student rush tickets at the door