Ensemble Settecento presents “Circa 1718″
Sunday, November 4 at 3:30PM | First Presbyterian Church (NW Austin – 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78731)
Two of America’s most historically significant and ethnically diverse cities, New Orleans and San Antonio, were founded in the same year. 1718 fell near the beginning of a century that would see enormous changes in the balance of power in the New World, changes that would be both the cause and effect of changes in the Old World. One of the central aims of both France’s and Spain’s colonization of the New World was the Christianization of the indigenous population, and one of their most effective tools was music. Colonial composers (both European and New World-natives) created a great deal of music, much of it is as beautiful and ornate as Europe music. Join Central Texas’s newest early music ensemble as we explore the music of the cathedrals, convents, and missions of New France and New Spain, drawing works from the musical archives of New Orleans and Montréal, and the cathedral collections of Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Durango, and Santiago de Cuba.
Please Note: Informal pre-concert talk begins 30 minutes prior to the posted concert time.
Manuel de Zumaya – Angélicas milicias, Villancico a 8