Passion in the Seventeenth Century: From Europe to the New World

Passion Ensemble photos
Musicians:
Viviana Baez – soprano
Eric Mentzel – tenor
Lisa Rodriguez – soprano
August Denhard – theorbo, lute, and Baroque guitar
Bill McJohn – triple harp
Antonio Davidson-Gomez – percussion
 
In seventeenth-century Europe the language of music was evolving; expression of the thoughts and emotions of a singer was becoming the highest art. From the bedchamber to the salon to the opera theatre, the singer’s art would to take the listener on an emotional journey by representing each word and idea to perfection: by becoming sadness; by becoming joy.

European culture was transported to the New World, specifically, the Spanish colonization of Mexico, Central, and South America, and introduced these sensibilities and some of the musical language to the people there. The result was a rich mixture of passion, rhythm, and harmony; a new music that is developing even today. Passion in the Seventeenth Century is a journey through Italy, France, England, Spain, and finally Mexico, where old traditions come to rest on fertile ground.

ArtsWAPassion in the 17th Century is a special outreach projected funded in part through the Washington State Arts Commission.

Coordinated around Mexican Independence Day, the ensemble will present programs in the Yakima and Bellevue school districts. Through the Consulate General of Mexico, they will perform as part of a concert celebrating Mexican Independence on Monday, September 15, 6 pm at City University of Seattle. Please note, registration for this event has closed, and passes are no longer available.

Pasión en el siglo XVII: De Europa al Nuevo Mundo

Viviana Báez – soprano
Eric Mentzel – tenor
Lisa Rodriguez – soprano
August Denhard – tiorba, laúd y guitarra barroca
Bill McJohn – arpa triple
Antonio Davidson-Gomez – percusión

En la Europa del siglo XVII, el lenguaje de la música fue evolucionando, la expresión de los pensamientos y emociones de un cantante se estaba convirtiendo en el arte más elevado. Desde el dormitorio al salón para el teatro de la ópera, el arte del cantante intentaría llevar al oyente a un viaje emocional mediante la representación de cada palabra e idea en perfección: al convertirse en tristeza, al convertirse en alegría.

La cultura europea fue transportada al Nuevo Mundo, en concreto, mediante la colonización española de México, Centro y Sudamérica, e introdujo estas sensibilidades y gran parte del lenguaje musical a su gente. El resultado fue una rica mezcla de pasión, ritmo y armonía; una nueva música que se está desarrollando incluso en la actualidad. Pasión en el siglo XVII es un viaje a través de Italia, Francia, Inglaterra, España, y finalmente México, donde las viejas tradiciones vienen a descansar en tierra fértil.

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