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Royal Choral Society | Misa Criolla: Celebrating Rhythms and Cultures

Saturday October 19, 2019 at 18:00
Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London
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  1. Misa Criolla - Ariel Ramírez
  2. Navidad Nuestra - Ariel Ramírez
  3. Choral selection from West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein, arranged by William Stickles
  4. Choral Hymns from 'Rig Veda' - Gustav Holst
  5. The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard - Benjamin Britten
  6. Shallow Brown - Percy Grainger
  7. I'm seventeen come Sunday - Percy Grainger
  8. The lost lady found - Percy Grainger

Argentinian Ariel Ramirez’s evocative Misa Criolla, premiered by the Royal Choral Society in the UK in 1995, is the centrepiece in a concert that celebrates the universal beats, melodies and rhythms of vernacular folk music. Written in 1964, Misa Criolla combines the sacred mass with the deeply-rooted musical rituals and dances of Latin America. Ramirez’s beautifully melodic Navidad Nuestra, an uplifting folk drama of the nativity, is similarly based on the popular traditional music of Hispanic America; both will be performed with a vibrant guitar and percussion accompaniment.

From South America the programme moves to New York, where the rhythmic colours of Puerto Rican immigrants jostle against the jazz of American youth in the choruses of Bernstein’s hugely popular West Side Story. Thence to England where the folk song revival of the early twentieth century stimulated an outpouring of music by composers such as Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten and Percy Grainger, who kept these hallmarks of rural culture alive with their stirring choral arrangements. Holst also turned to India for inspiration: his Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda are based on a traditional Sanskrit text set to western classical music in a unique east/west fusion.

There is something for everyone in this celebration of musical and cultural traditions from around the world.

Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square
146 Sloane Street
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