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Music of Mission and Mystery - San Francisco Early Music Society Berkeley Festival & Exhibition (Berkeley, CA)

  • St Mark's Episcopal Church 2300 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)

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.

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