Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson, Arizona
Presented with the generous support of the Tucson Desert Song Festival.
Tucson’s presidio walls speak to the vast extent of the Spanish empire. Our contribution to the 2019 Tucson Desert Song Festival celebrates this heritage in a concert of music from Spain and Latin America, in medieval Sephardic monophony, 16th and 17th century songs with the vihuela and Baroque guitar, bold zarzuela arias, and vibrant villancicos. This rich repertoire will intermingle with lively dances for string band and percussion.
American-Uruguayan soprano Nell Snaidas has been praised by The New York Times for her “beautiful soprano voice, melting passion” and “vocally ravishing” performances. She has performed with many leading Early Music ensembles throughout Europe, North America, and Latin America as soloist, guitarist, and Iberian/New World language and repertoire consultant. Her latest CD, as a featured soloist with El Mundo, has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Small Ensemble category. In addition to her busy performing career, Nell is the co-Artistic Director of the concert series GEMAS: Early Music of the Americas, in New York City.
Chatham Baroque continues to excite national and international audiences with dazzling technique and lively interpretations of 17th and 18th century music played on instruments of the period. Founded in 1990, Chatham Baroque continues to thrive with a full calendar of concerts, tours, musical collaborations, and CD releases. The trio of baroque violin, viola da gamba, theorbo, and baroque guitar tours nationally and internationally, and has recorded ten critically acclaimed CDs.