AHC Singers Spring Concert Celebrates Spanish and Latino Composers

"Viva La Música" to be performed in Guadalupe and Santa Maria.

APRIL 15, 2014 -- Two “firsts” mark this year’s spring concert for the Allan Hancock College Singers:  It is the choir’s first program devoted to music celebrating Spanish and Latino composers and the language that binds them, and for the first time ever, the choir will offer the program in Guadalupe under the auspices of the Guadalupe Cultural Center, as well as sing the program again two days later at its regular performance home in Santa Maria, First United Methodist Church. 

The musical selections in "Viva La Música" include motets of the Spanish Renaissance by the great master Tomas Luis de la Victoria, examples of madrigals and villancicos (folk carols) from the Spanish colonial period in the New World and contemporary settings of folk songs and psalms.  One work, a villancico from 18th century colonial Guatemala, features the accompaniment of two violins, and those parts will be performed by Hancock music majors Joshelle Conley on first violin and Candice Meras, who is also a member of the soprano section and the 2011 winner of Santa Maria’s Got Talent competition, on second violin. 

Chorale Director Ann Lucas said, “Although the majority of the choir does not speak Spanish, everyone was excited to tackle the challenges and honor the strong Spanish-speaking culture that enriches not only Santa Maria and Guadalupe, but the state of California and the entire nation.”  The choir performed a ‘teaser” for the program at the college’s recent Diversity Day celebration.

The public is invited to attend the concerts.  Performances are Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo Street, and Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at Cook and Broadway.  All tickets are $8 (non-reserved seating) and may be purchased in advance for either concert in the Santa Maria campus fine arts department, building F, or at the door.  Tickets for the Guadalupe performance may also be purchased in advance at the Guadalupe Cultural Center at 1065 Guadalupe St.  For more information, call the fine arts department at 922-6966 ext. 3252.

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Last Modified Dec 10, 2014