Sebastián Zubieta, conductor
“Classics in the Tropics:
19th-Century Music from Brazil”
Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM
Stanton Reformed Church
1 Stanton Mountain Road (at Route 629)
Stanton, NJ 08885
Meridionalis is Americas Society’s vocal ensemble, dedicated to the performance of choral music from Latin America. Conducted by Sebastián Zubieta, Music Director at Americas Society, the group has appeared at major festivals in the region. Meridionalis will perform music for voice and organ written and heard in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia in the first decades of the 19th century, when the establishment of the Portuguese crown in Brazil caused political turmoil and unexpected musical development in the colony. The program includes liturgical and secular pieces by Damião Barbosa Araújo, who was born in Bahia, followed the court to Rio and returned to Salvador, where he was Kapellmeister until the 1850s, José Maurício Nunes-Garcia, Kapellmeister to the Portuguese crown in Rio, and Sigismund Neukomm, Austrian protégé of Joseph Haydn who lived in Rio in the 1810s.
The members of Meridionalis are Elizabeth Baber and Jolle Greenleaf, sopranos; Luthien Brackett and Corey-James Crawford, altos; Timothy Hodges, tenor; Steven Hrycelak, Thomas McCargar, basses; with guest organist, and Sebastián Zubieta, conductor.
“Impressive, beautifully blended readings, and elegantly shaped renditions.”
- The New York Times