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Festive Music of the Missions to be Performed at Hartnell College

March 18th, 2008

Hartnell College will host Coro Hispano de San Francisco on Friday evening, April 4, 2008, for a concert of festive music from California’s Hispano-Mexican era, the eighty-year period preceding California statehood. The concert, which begins at 8 p.m. on the Main Stage of the Performing Arts Center, is free and open to the public.

The concert will present the variety of music played in the California missions, including music from the Spanish Renaissance, hymns, and solemn requiems, as well as secular songs the Franciscan friars and merchant ships brought from France, Italy, and Great Britain, including love songs and dances. Music was a shared passion of the Franciscans who established the missions and the native Californians they came to convert to Christianity.

Coro Hispano de San Francisco, founded in 1975, is a chorus of the Spanish-speaking communities of the San Francisco Bay Area devoted to performing choral works of the Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese cultures, spanning eight centuries. It is directed by Juan Pedro Gaffney R.

The group that will perform at Hartnell comprises nearly 40 musicians--soloists, chorus members, and instrumentalists.

The Hartnell performance kicks off the four-concert tour of Musica Festiva de las Misiones. The Hartnell event is co-sponsored by the Hartnell College Foundation, First National Bank of Central California, the California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is part of the NEA’s American Masterpieces initiative.

For more information, please contact Hartnell music instructor Dr. Carl Christensen at 831-755-6906, or cchristensen@hartnell.edu.