Oct 09 2013
In May, CLAS partnered with Nashville’s professional historical ensemble Music City Baroque to present a concert of early music from the Spanish New World titled, “Hacemos Fiesta: Let’s Celebrate. Baroque Music from the New World.” The Benton Chapel lobby was transformed into a town festival scene, featuring colorful papel picado and gigantes to greet the concert-goers. The performance featured a variety of works, including choral, instrumental, sacred and secular pieces.
Mareike Sattler (Department of Anthropology) explained to the audience how the concert was structured like a traditional Mexican fiesta, with the first half of the program consisting of liturgical music and the latter half dominated by secular villancicos and dances with gut-string violins, valveless horns, deer-hoof rattles, and turtle shell drums. These instruments were on display following the concert. The performance was well attended by the general public, local educators, and Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff. Murray Somerville, Music City Baroque’s artistic director emeritus, returned to Nashville to conduct the performance.
Read more about the Music City Baroque Concert at artsnash.com/classicalmusic/mcb-new-world.