Coral Cantigas, Washington, D.C.’s premiere Latino chorus will present its annual spring celebration tomorrow- Sunday, April 1, 2012, 5:00 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring. Themed Canto y Poesía: From Dusk to Dawn, the program promises to be a unique blend of a acappella songs and poetry that “celebrate the power of hope and inspiration.”
Conductor Diana V. Sáez shared with the DC Performing Arts Examiner about the rich diversity and beauty of Latino choral music that is certainly worthy of recognition: “In a city where there are so many choirs, Cantigas is the only one dedicated exclusively to the performance of choral music of Spain and Latin America. Many people think that Latin American music is just what they have heard on the radio, but many ignore the richness and diversity of our musical traditions. Our repertoire includes music from all styles and historical periods: Latin American Baroque, Nationalist movements from the beginning of the century, contemporary choral music, and arrangements of folkloric music from all parts of Latin America and Spain.” she explained.
The selections will be performed against a backdrop of contemporary images. Among the choral works performed will be arrangements by Silvio Rodriguez. Poetry by Luis Alberto Ambroggio and imagery by Emmy-nominated Jamie Lee Godfrey will form the centerpiece of this very special concert celebration.
Founded in 1991 by , the choir is perhaps the only one of its kind that actively promote and advocate for the various diverse genres Latin American, Spanish and Caribbean.
Artistic Director and founder of Cantigas, Diana V. Sáez is a native of Puerto Rico. She earned a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Master of Choral Conducting from Temple University, and she holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park. The recipient of numerous awards, she was the recipient of the 2003 Tony Taylor Award, presented by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and in 2002, she awarded the Arts in the Community Award for Excellence, among many others.
“The most important aspect of Cantigas is that we are always trying to find connections with other communities and cultures through the music.” Sáez affirmed.
IF YOU PLAN TO GO:
5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 1st 2012
Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring
7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
For tickets: CLICK HERE
or call 301-230-1361