Spotless Rose, Mother of God, Star of the Sea, Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of Heaven… Over the centuries, the Virgin Mary has come to represent the Feminine Divine with a thousand faces, and nowhere more so than in Latin America, where a unique blending of Indigenous, African, and European religious and cultural traditions has come together to create works of unmatched joy, reverence, and beauty. Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte and percussionist Antonio Gomez join Stephen Stubbs and Pacific MusicWorks’ band of strings, harp, guitar, percussion, and organ for a festive holiday celebration of music devoted to Mary from Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Brazil, and Peru, from exquisite Renaissance motets to boisterous folk dances.
Pacific MusicWorks Ensemble partners with mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte and percussionist Antonio Gomez for a program of accoustic music. We will also celebrate historical and contemporary depictions of Mary from around the world.
Pre-concert tak to include Co-Artistic Director, Henry Lebedinsky and co-surator, Antonio Gomez as well as guest speakers. The focus of this discussion will be on the impact of the story of the Mother Goddess and the story’s impact on arts and culture.
Cecilia Duarte, mezzo soprano
Houston-based mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte excels in a variety of genres; encompassing early music, jazz, classical, and contemporary music throughout the country and internationally.
Antonio Gomez, percussion
Antonio M. Gómez is an educator, percussionist, arts administrator and public media producer who is passionate about connecting communities and learners with compelling cultural stories and arts experiences. A former K-12 teacher, Tony manages economically and culturally accessible education programs at Tacoma Arts Live, where he also designs curricula, as he has done for PBS’ Latino Americans and Italian Americans series and the Museum of Pop Culture’s American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music. As a percussionist, Tony specializes in Afro-Latin and Mediterranean genres. He performs with Trío Guadalevín, the Eurasia Consort, and Tango del Cielo.
Seattle-based Pacific MusicWorks is a musical production company focused primarily, but not exclusively, on the presentation of vocal chamber music and operatic works of the 17th and 18th centuries. In recent years we have also committed ourselves to commissioning new works written for period instruments as a means of bridging the stories of the past with those of today.
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