Mendelssohn in Havana

Por: Daniel Estévez González

Moisés Santiesteban a cargo de la dirección musical y la coordinación general

Who hasn’t ever heard the Wedding March? Whether live or in novels or movies, Mendelssohn’s famous work is the company par excellence of brides, ever since the daughter of the British Queen Victoria walked down the aisle to the sound of her chords.

Precisely on the 210th anniversary of the birth of the author of this work, the great German composer, the Chair of Sacred Music of the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center dedicated a series of concerts in early May. The activities, grouped under the title Mendelssohn in Havana, were carried out in the parish of the Holy Spirit and in the church of St. Francis of Assyses, both in Old Havana.

The program featured performances by Schola Cantorum Coralina, directed by teacher Alina Orraca, as well as Ensemble Vocal Luna and the José White Chamber Orchestra of Matanzas. The organists David Pérez, Gabriela Rojas and Moisés Santiesteban, the latter, also participated in charge of musical direction and general coordination. The events were attended by members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Cuba, as well as Monsignor Giorgio Lingua, Apostolic Nuncio of His Holiness.

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