Baroque sounds in Old Havana this September

Old musical scores will come to life this month at the San Francisco de Paula Church in Havana with the start of the ninth Baroque September concert season, organized by the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana and the Ars Longa Antique Music Band.
Cuban and international musicians will come together at the Alameda de Paula church to bring Baroque music to life every Friday and Saturday at seven o’clock in the evening until September 30. The opening gala, which took place last night, featured a concert of music by German composers, conducted by Teresa Paz, in which the Ars Longa Antique Music Band shared the stage with young musicians learning the practice of historically informed interpretation (a movement based in the recovery of music from original instruments and sources).
On Friday September 9, the Sonantas Habaneras Guitar Orchestra, under the leadership of Professor Jesús Ortega, will offer a program centered on the Italian baroque, with melodies by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli. On Saturday September 10 there will be a performance by the Union Saxophone quartet from the Province of Camagüey.
On Friday September 16 and Saturday September 17 American organist Colin Daniel Lynch will interpret pieces by Dietrich Buxtehude, Jan Pieterzsoon Sweelinck and Johann Christoph Bach, among others, while fellow American organist Vincent Carr will play pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Pachelbel and Francisco Correa de Arauxo. Colin is assistant music director and organist at the Trinity Church in Boston. Vincent –a graduate from the sacred music institute at Yale, is an associate organist at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark. Both are international award winners.
On Friday 23, Baroque September features the Eternal Music Orchestra, directed by Professor Guido López-Gavilán, who will dedicate their concert to the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. They will perform the Cantata 140 Wachet auf! Ruft uns die stimme with the Havana Poliphonic Choir, led by Carmen Collado. On the following day, they will feature the Ventus Habana Quintet and and Osmany Fernández’s Moving Cane Trio, who will perform work by Georg Friedrich Händel and Johann Sebastian Bach.
These events will end on September 20 with a concert by the Ars Longa Antique Music Band, who will present selections from The Purple Rose Opera, composed by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco following a play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, the first and only surviving opera by one the most renowned teachers of American baroque.
The Baroque September concert season is an initiative of the Ars Longa Antique Music Band, directed by Teresa Paz. It aims to develop a program of music from the Baroque period from Europe and America between the 17th and 18th century.
The ancient San Francisco de Paula Church—now a concert hall—has excellent acoustics and is a fitting site for this historical repertoire.
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