December 14-16, 2018
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Special Holiday Event*
A Mexican Christmas: Angels in the Convent, Dancing in the Streets
Imagine yourself in 17th-century Mexico City. It’s Christmas and the glorious singing of cloistered nuns soars over the walls of their convent and fills the square. On the other side of the plaza, a street band plays villancicos — joyful folk music of praise and celebration.
This sumptuous program will feature a choir of women’s voices, directed by Ellen Hargis, singing the music of the convent, as well as musicians from EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, a group that specializes in Latin American and Spanish early music led by specialists Francy Acosta and Jose Luis Posada. These musicians will create the rich, jubilant folk music that would have been heard in the plazas at Christmas.
Convidando está la Noche
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Brandi Berry Benson Violinist and 3Arts awardee Brandi Berry Benson, whose “four-string acrobatics” and “indispensable skill” (TimeOut Chicago) have been praised as “alert [and] outstanding” (Chicago Classical Review), as her […]
Brandon Acker Brandon J. Acker is a classical guitarist, recording engineer and specialist in early plucked instruments. He has toured extensively in England, Scotland, Wales and Canada and performed with notable […]
Camilo Rasquin Camilo Rasquin is a tenor originally from Venezuela with a Masters in Music, from Northeastern Illinois University. When he was fourteen years old, he was fortunate enough to […]
David Douglass Although the bowed string instruments most overwhelmingly associated with the Renaissance period are the various viols (particularly the viola da gamba), David Douglass became interested in the use […]
Elena Mullins Praised for her “alluring” performances and “easy virtuosity,” soprano Elena Mullins has wide-ranging interests in the fields of early music and dance. As a performer of period chamber […]
Ellen Hargis Soprano Ellen Hargis is one of America’s premier early music singers, specializing in repertoire ranging from ballads to opera and oratorio. She has worked with many of the foremost period […]
Eric Miranda Eric Miranda’s varied singing career spans two decades and has included solo appearances at Orchestra Hall, at the Ravinia Festival, and in Millennium Park with the Grant Park […]
Frances Conover Fitch Harpsichordist and organist Frances Conover Fitch has toured in North America, Europe, and Asia, and performs with major early music ensembles. Upon finishing studies with Gustav Leonhardt […]
Francy Acosta Francy Acosta holds a D. M. A in Early Music from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH), where she studied performance practice with Dr. Ross Duffin and voice […]
José Luis Posada José Luis Posada pursued undergraduate studies in Music Education at Universidad Pedagógica Nacional (Bogotá). He holds a M.A in Early Music Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve […]
Katherine Shuldiner Katherine Shuldiner graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in viola da gamba performance under the tutelage of Catharina Meints. She has performed with Chicago based ensembles such as BBE: Bach […]
Lucía Mier yTerán Romero Born and raised in Mexico City, she holds a bachelor’s degree in singing from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). In 2011 she received a scholarship to perform rediscovered Mexican Music; with […]
Magaly Cordero Magaly Cordero has performed operatic roles with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, Evanston’s The Savoyaires, and Chamber Opera Chicago. She has also sung with the South Shore Opera […]
Margaret Carpenter Haigh Hailed for her “perfect vocalism”and described as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (Classical Voice North Carolina)with “a talent for character portrayal” (Chicago Classical Review), soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a […]
Matthew Dean A tenor “setting the tone” (Pittsburgh Music Alliance) with “affecting line” (Boston Classical Review), Matthew Dean is a sought-after soloist, collaborator, and storyteller in ensembles and oratorios around […]
Ney Alliey Venezuelan guitarist, Ney Alliey graduated at 19 years old from the Maracaibo Conservatory of Music “José Luis Paz” with professors Ciro Adarme and Gerardo Soto, followed graduate studies […]
Nythia Martinez Nythia Martinez has had the privilege of being choral and musical theater director at Northside College Preparatory High School since 2004. Nythia is a graduate of the Indiana […]
Oscar Arturo Osorio Oscar Arturo Osorio obtained his bachelor’s degree in Musicfrom the Honduras National Conservatory in 1997. At age 14 he began performing flute and piccolo with the National […]
Patricio Leija Patricio Leija (leona) studied classical guitar at the Escuela Nacional de Música de la UNAM (Mexico, D.F.) and jazz at the Escuela Superior de Música del INBA(Instituto Nacional […]
Rachel Begley Rachel Begley performs with ensembles across North America, and has been hailed for her virtuosic and sensitive playing on both recorders and historical bassoons. Recent performing and recording […]
Renato Cerón Renato Cerón (harp) is a multi-instrumentalist musician and a Grammy and Latin Grammy nominee recording artist, as well as an educator. He has been involved in education since 1996; […]
Salomé Sandoval Salomé Sandoval sings and plays a variety of fretted string instruments such as lutes, early and classical guitars. A native of Venezuela, Salomé holds a Graduate Performance Diploma […]
The inspiration for this program came five years ago, when the Consort was on tour in Durango, Mexico, performing in the newly-renovated Cathedral. It was a national holiday, and outside in the plaza in front of the church, traditional music was being performed by...
In our upcoming program, A Mexican Christmas, the repertoire includes sacred music from the convents of 17th-century Mexico alongside villancicos, songs of praise and celebration that were often performed by folk musicians. To recreate the celestial sound of the...
Our upcoming program A Mexican Christmas is a celebration of the unique sights and sounds of Christmas traditions in Mexico. To learn about the history of Christmas celebrations in Mexico, we spoke to Lucia Mier y Terán Romero, who grew up in Mexico and is one of...
Our next program, A Mexican Christmas: Angels in the Convent, Dancing in the Streets, is a collaboration between the Newberry Consort and EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, a group that specializes in early music from Italy, Spain and Latin America. Founded in Bogotá, Columbia,...
Imagine yourself in 17th-century Mexico City. It’s Christmas and the glorious singing of cloistered nuns soars over the walls of their convent and fills the square. On the other side of the plaza, a street band plays villancicos — joyful folk music of praise and...