Experience the Orchestra of New Spain and the music of the three cultures co-habiting in Medieval Spain - Christian, Arabic and Sephardic at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Allen Public Library.
From the 711 occupation of the Iberian Peninsula by the Moors until the end of the 14th century, Christian, Muslim and Jewish populations of Spain lived and worked together in relative peace. This cohabitation (in Spanish, Convivencia) was marked by rich intercultural influences that were evident throughout peninsula. This concert will feature soloists and period instruments from the Orchestra singing the famous Cantigas (songs) de Santa Maria, SMU's celebrated percussionist Jamal Mohamed and Friends on their lively jazz-like works from the Muslim tradition, and modern interpretations of haunting Sephardic music by Michelle Alany.
The Orchestra of New Spain is a period-instrument baroque orchestra and chorus specializing in, but not limited to, the music of Spain and its sphere of New Worlds influence. Created in 1989 for as the Hispanic offering for the opening of the Meyerson Symphony Center and to celebrate the Hispanic orientation of the Guadalupe Cathedral in the life of the aborning Dallas Arts District, the orchestra is a significant purveyor of Spanish baroque musical masterworks and has produced two CDs.
In 2012, the Orchestra of New Spain toured in the Festival of Early Music in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and the Cervantino Festival, Mexico under the aegis of the Spanish Ministry of Culture; and in El Paso's Spanish Theater Festival and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the concert is free. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.