Media Alert: Cantigas Presents 25th Anniversary and Farewell Concert Season

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Washington, DC, October 20, 2015:  After 25 years of enriching local and international audiences with superb and unique Latino choral repertoire, Cantigas and its Founder and Artistic Director Diana Saez  bid farewell during this 2015-2016 concert season.  Founded in 1991, Cantigas has become a leading chamber chorus and one of the few in the nation that specializes in the rich and diverse music of Latin America and Spain.  Cantigas’s legacy to the Washington metropolitan area and beyond is impressive and characterized by artistic excellence and creative programming in bilingual, cross-cultural, and collaborative performances.  As a tribute to Cantigas’s exceptional programming, in 2014 the Choralis Foundation awarded Cantigas the Greater Washington DC Area Choral Excellence Award for Most Creative Programing. 

To celebrate Cantigas’s remarkable musical journey and the gift of its legacy to the community, Cantigas will present a stellar concert season featuring songs treasured by Cantigas’s audience and collaborations with exceptional local artists.  Cantigas’s 25th anniversary and farewell season concerts are described below. 

A Christmas Festival: Latin Songs & Beltway Brass 
Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 7:00 pm, at Bethesda United Methodist Church
8300 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD  20814

Guest Artist:  Beltway Brass Quintet

Bask in the contagious rhythms of the Caribbean parranda and the Mexican posada that are part of the 12-day Epiphany celebrations. The concert features Sonia Morales’s Christmas song Brillará una Estrella, for choir and brass quintet; popular bilingual sing-alongs; and American classics with The Beltway Brass Quintet. 

Crossing Borders:  On Our Way To Cuba

Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 7:00 pm,
at First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street, NW, Washington, DC  20001

Guest Artists:  Anamer Castello, Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano
        Carlos Feliciano, Puerto Rican tenor

Celebrating the increasing US-Cuba understanding, Cantigas presents a sampling of Cuba’s rich and diverse choral traditions. Savor the works of contemporary, Cuban composers Beatriz Corona, Roberto Valera, and Calixto Alvarez; traditional and folk music; and reverent Santeria chants. Cantigas also explores connections between English and Spanish poetic traditions with two choral suites inspired by iconic poets Shakespeare and Cervantes: Three Elizabethan Songs by R. Vaughan Williams and Three Epitaphs (For the Tomb of Don Quixote, For the Tomb of Dulcinea, and For the Tomb of Sancho Panza) by Spanish composer Rodolfo Halffter.

A Cuatro Voces: Cantigas’s 25-Year Farewell Celebration
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7:00 pm at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
                    6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD  20817 

Guest Artists:
Javier Farías, composer and classical guitarist
Orlando Cotto, Puerto Rican percussionist
The Strings Avenue Quartet 
Francesca Dugarte and Luis Torres, dancers from The Washington Ballet

Cantigas and Founder and Artistic Director Diana Saez 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. There will be a farewell reception to celebrate Cantigas’s extraordinary journey of cultural ambassadorship and musical excellence.


Tickets are $30-$20. Free niños, 12 and under.
Tickets for Farewell Reception on June 4, 2016:  $20.00 
Ask about student, senior & group discounts.
For tickets: go to, or call 301-230-1361

For more information, please contact: Magalie Salas, Executive Director: 301-230-1361
For interviews, please contact: Diana Sáez, Artistic Director:

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