Gallery Concert “Crossing Borders”

Gallery Concert | Ars Lyrica Presents “Crossing Borders”

• Introduced by Marion Oettinger, curator emeritus of Latin American art at the San Antonio Museum of Art
• Commentary by Matthew Dirst, founder and artistic director of Ars Lyrica Houston

“Crossing Borders” explores a crucial moment in the musical history of the New World, when European traditions began to mingle with traditional folk music. This festive concert in the galleries of European art features 17th- and 18th-century Spanish music—works that bridge the sacred and secular divide, written by Central American, South American, and colonial composers.

Presented by Ars Lyrica, the program includes villancicos and romances for voices presented by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte and soprano Camille Ortiz. Also featured are instrumental works drawn from 17th- and 18th-century colonial and Latin American cultures. Selections by Roque Ceruti, Sebastián Durón, António de Salazar, and others illustrate the creative ways music traverses cultural and national borders.

Free Admission This concert is open to the public. The performance takes place on the second floor of the Beck Building in gallery 214. Seating is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis. On Thursdays, the Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and general admission is free. Beautiful examples of paintings from the period are on view in Spanish Colonial Paintings from the Thoma Collection.

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Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; H-E-B; MD Anderson Cancer Center; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Sharon G. Dies; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.


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