With a large opening concert, the seventh edition of Sacred Music Week began this Sunday, organized by the Chair of Sacred Music of the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center and the Institute of Sacred Music and Music Pedagogy of Regensburg (Hochschule f’r katholische Kirchenmusik und Musikp-dogik HfKM, Regensburg).
The opening of the important event was attended by Monsignor Rudolf Voderholzer, Bishop of Regensburg, accompanied by important directors, professors, artists and professionals of culture and music.
Recognized voices of the choral field on the island such as the groups Vocal Leo, corina Campos and Schola Cantorum Coralina, by Alina Orraca, brought to the stage musical pieces related to the religious tradition of the country.
In the opening words of the Week, the renowned Cuban musician and organist, Moisés Santiesteban, expressed that thanks to this event the Historic Center of Old Havana has been flooded with sonorities of organs, singers singing Gregorian singing, of great choirs singing dogmas of faith in ancient and contemporary ways, unknown in many cases by publics and students.
“We point out as every year the presence of teachers from Cuba, Venezuela, and Germany. The latter joined the Chamber Choir of the Institute of Sacred Music and Musical Pedagogy of Regensburg, educational institution involved to such an extent with the Chair of Sacred Music, that we no longer imagine our artistic or pedagogical dynamics without having them in Havana involved in several annual actions,” he added.
Music specialist Claudia Fallarero meant that in the staging of last Sunday’s first concert, several composers converged on a sound tour of Europe and Cuba between the nineteenth and 21st centuries. In the case of local authors, emerging exponents such as Daniel Toledo and Ernesto Herrera participated, who were very close to understanding the choral language.
During this week, as part of the event will be held every day at 7:00 p.m. a series of concerts and cultural galas in the Cathedral of Havana, the churches of the Holy Spirit, St. Francis of Asses and the Holy Angel Custodian, as well as in the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center, all located in the Historic Center of the city.
For more than seven years, Sacred Music Week has allowed us to rescue a very important cultural manifestation for the Church in Cuba. He has also managed to incorporate professional musicians from all over the nation into his ranks, through the Chair of Sacred Music of the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center, in this growing renewal of religious art in the country.