A Cuatro Voces: Cantigas’s 25-Year Farewell Celebration

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Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 7:00pm


River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation 
6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD  20817

Guest Artists: Javier Farías, composer and classical guitarist; Orlando Cotto, Puerto Rican percussionist; Francesca Dugarte, American ballet dancer; The Strings Avenue Quartet

After 25 exceptional years of enriching local and international audiences with the exquisite Latino choral repertoire, Cantigas and its Founder and Artistic Director Diana Sáez bid farewell with a grand celebration.  Cantigas presents the world premiere of La sangre derramada, a composition for mixed choir and classical guitar by Chilean composer Javier Farías, commissioned for this 25th Anniversary.  The composition is based on Federico García Lorca’s poem Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías.  Cantigas also performs excerpts from Romancero Gitano composed by Castelnuovo Tedesco for chorus and classical guitar, also based on poetry by Federico Garcia Lorca.  Mr. Farías will accompany Cantigas in the guitar in the performance of his own composition and in Romancero.  This grand finale also features songs for choir and string quartet: El Tren by Puerto Rican composer Jorge Figueroa, commissioned by Cantigas in 2013; and El viento en la isla composed in 2014 for Cantigas by tenor and composer Terrance Johns. Other favorites include Libertango and Adios Nonino by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla.

After the show, join us in a farewell reception to celebrate Cantigas’s extraordinary journey of cultural ambassadorship and musical excellence.

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