Missions and Mysteries: Latin American Baroque
June 5, 2018 – 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Buy Tickets: $45/$38
$15* students under age 30 with ID
*Available only at the box office.
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 program, 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.
PACIFIC MUSICWORKS: Tess Altiveros and Danielle Sampson, sopranos; Tekla Cunningham and Adam LaMotte, baroque violins; Maxine Eilander, Spanish harp; Stephen Stubbs, lute and guitar; Henry Lebedinsky, organ and harpsichord; Peter Maund, percussion
The mission of Pacific MusicWorks is to provide Seattle and the Pacific Northwest with music-theater presentations worthy of the world stage. PMW works to bring internationally renowned artists into collaboration with leading musicians from the Northwest, and to foster creative dialogue among artists from a broad array of fields and cultures. The heart of its repertoire is 17th- and 18th-century vocal music, but performances range from the Renaissance to innovative contemporary works and from chamber music to oratorio and opera. The organization springs from the vision and international performing career of founding artistic director (and Seattle native) Stephen Stubbs.