Singing to Havana in its half-millennium

Por: Yarelis Rico Hernández

Gala cultural organizada por la Cátedra de Música Sacra del Centro Cultural Padre Félix Varela y presentada en la S.M.I. Catedral de La Habana en la noche del 17 de noviembre.

A musical tour of five centuries of art in the capital city was the proposal of the Cultural Gala organized by the Chair of Sacred Music of the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center and presented at the S.M.I. Cathedral of Havana on the night of November 17.

At the invitation of the Catholic Church to give a high musical proposal to the Habanera village in its half millennium, outstanding artists responded, among them, José María Vitier, Ernán Lópe-Nussa, the soprano Milagros de los Angeles Castillo, the choirs Schola Cantorum Coralina, Vocal Leo and Exaudi. They were joined by the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, the National Concert Band, the repentants Yenisleydi González García and Luis Paz Esquivel, as well as dancers from the Irene Rodríguez Company and Contemporary Dance of Cuba.

With the interpretation of the Bayamo Anthem and the compound to San Cristobal, he began the walk through the best of Habanero art, with important stops that included the performance, as a premiere, of a Te Deum composed by Esteban Salas and transcribed centuries later by the musicologist Miriam Escudero and the choreographic representation of the poem by Nicolás Guillén “Balada de los dos abuelos” , choreographed by teacher Irene Rodriguez.

The tour covered several exponents of music such as habanera, tenth peasant and zarzuela, in some cases accompanied by dancers who embodied on stage the essence of genres such as shoeing and poetics trapped in the “Goodbye to Cuba” by Ignacio Cervantes, with the piano performance of Marcos Madrigal.

The talent of the guest artists was added to the freshness of the Schoolings of the Archdiocese of Havana and San Juan de Letrán, as well as the professionalism, already exhibited, of the intercommunitarian choir of the diocese, under the direction of Ada Rabelo.

Palabras, del cardenal arzobispo Juan de la Caridad García
Words, by Cardinal Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García

In his words, Cardinal Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García invited music to be incorporated into everyday life, so that fights, anxieties, and both family and social life may be more harmonious, more comfortable and enjoyable. For the great gifts that Havana has given to its inhabitants in five hundred years of history, He asked everyone to respond as the Psalmist: “Let us thank the Lord because He is good.”

It was a beautiful gala that sang to the City, its Patron and the Virgin of Charity of Copper, whose image imposed its presence accompanied by a large chorus of voices that received it with the song “Virgen Mambisa”.

The general direction of the show corresponded to the priest Yosvany Carvajal Sureda, the production and musical direction was carried out by the master organist Moisés Santiesteban, who also directs the Chair of Sacred Music of the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center.

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