Orchestra of New Spain presents Epiphany Community Concert
The Orchestra of New Spain will present a community Epiphany Concert at Saint Cecilia Catholic Church. The program incorporates villancicos (carols) that are commonly heard in cathedrals and village churches throughout Spain and Hispanic America. A Christmas cantata by Francisco Courcelle will feature an alto solo by Nicolas Garza, which in the baroque period would have been sung by a castrato. Villancicos this season are from Spain’s Padre Soler, Cuba’s Esteban Salas, Mexico’s Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, a Bolivian anonymous composer, and Chile’s Alfonso Letelier Llona, known for his early 20th century choral works using a style prevalent in Gregorian and modal singing.
Distancing, masking and all local protocols, will be required at Saint Cecilia, with audience seated by pods in alternate rows. All musicians will be masked and distanced, and singers will use a specially designed “singers mask.”
Admission is free; donations may be made to the church. Seating is limited to 375 persons.