Hispanic Heritage Series

¡Zarzuelas y Tonadillas!

El Mundo
Friday, May 7, 2004, 8:00 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue

Early Conversations Lecture
"The 17th-Century Zarzuela."
7:00 PM

See also Free Family Concert on Saturday, May 8


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On Friday May 7, Houston Early Music is proud to present El Mundo, a chamber music group specializing in music from Spain, Latin America and Italy. Under the direction of guitarist/lutenist Richard Savino, El Mundo will present a concert version of Sebastian Duron’s Baroque zarzuela Salir el amor del mundo. Loosely translated as Cupid’s Final Folly and first performed in Madrid in 1696, this work is a comical account of Cupid’s confrontation with the chaste huntress Diana. It is a marvelous work of musical theatre. Featured singers will include mezzo soprano Jennifer Lane and soprano Jennifer Ellis.

The zarzuela is a dramatic musical genre that is particular to Spanish culture. Originally named after the Philip IV’s hunting retreat outside of Madrid, where some of the earliest productions took place, the zarzuela evolved at approximately the same time as did Italian opera, and shares a number of characteristics with its musical cousin. What separates zarzuelas from their Italian opera counterparts is that beyond the sung music they also contain sections of spoken dialogue accompanied by dramatic stage action.

Also to be included on the program will be a collection of Spanish tonos humanos (secular songs) and excerpts from Domenico Zipoli’s new world sacred opera San Igancio (c.1730).

Prior to the concert at 7:00 pm, Dr. Richard Savino, California State University at Sacramento and director of El Mundo will present a lecture entitled "The 17th-Century Zarzuela."

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and students and may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

This electrifying vocal and instrumental ensemble, noted for its exciting performances of baroque music from Spain and her New World colonies, returns to Houston after its stunning success in 2002 with a program of selected scenes from 17th-Century Spanish zarzuelas and Latin American music dramas. Featured will be excerpts from San Ignacio de Loyola, a sacred drama from the Viceroyalty of Peru with music by Dominico Zipoli.

"Savino and his ensemble provided crackling good playing." (Houston Chronicle)

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El Mundo


Jennifer Ellis and Mary Quinn, sopranos

Jennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano

Adam LaMotte and Zachery Carrettin, violins

William Skeen, cello

Corey Jameson, harpsichord

Richard Savino, baroque guitar & director



Tonos Humanos

Prelude: La chacona Juan de Arañes (d. 1649)

Aquella sierra nevada Jose Marin (fl. 17th C.)

Ay que si, ay que no! Juan Hidalgo (1612-1685)

La chacona Juan de Arañes

Musica para instrumentos; todos chaconas

Santiago de Murcia (c. 1685-1732)

Giovanni Batista Vitali (1632-1692)

Andrea Falconiero (1585-1656)

Opera de Chiquitos: San Ignacio; Act 1 (c.1730) Dominico Zipoli y M. Schmid

Zarzuela -- Salir el amor del mundo (1696) Sebastian Duron

¡Muera Cupido!

Dorada luçiente

Y ia que en la selba

¿Qué in porta que airada deidad?

Sosieguen, descansen

Descanse el Amor

Del Amor los arpones

¿Qué orror, qué espanto?

¡Huie, Huie, cobarde!

De cuantos yerros forjó; Temores, ¿qué ruido es este?

Pues bibre la cuerdas

¿Dónde vas, cobarde?

¡Eso no cobarde!

¡Ay de mí!

En el cóncabe profundo



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