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Opera Cultura celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

August 30, 2018

Events during National Hispanic Heritage Month

A Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • September 12 & 13: Cuentos de Peregrinación/Tales of Pilgrimage LIVE in México
  • September 29: Cuentos de Peregrinación Free Library Event
  • September 30: Cuentos de Peregrinación Online Broadcast 
  • October 6:The inaugural Canto: NEW VOICES Concert
Opera Cultura has a variety of events planned to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept 15-Oct 15. Four of the five events will involve Cuentos de Peregrinación/Tales of Pilgrimage, a song cycle opera by Héctor Armienta (see below for more information). The finale event will be the inaugural Canto: NEW VOICES Concert, featuring brand new works performed by brilliant new voices!
To kick off the celebration, Opera Cultura is bringing Cuentos de Peregrinación/Tales of Pilgrimage to Guadalajara and Zapopan, México as concert performances on September 12 & 13. Both concerts will be conducted by Allen Vladimir Gómez and are part of the Arte Sin Fronteras/Art Without Borders Initiative. Arte Sin Fronteras was originally spearheaded by Opera Cultura in association with the Office of Cultural Affairs, the city of San José, the Mexican Consulate of San José, and the city of Guadalajara, México. It’s a cross-cultural exchange initiative that also focuses on the cultural relationship between the two cities. San Jose-based performance artist Cellista will also travel to Guadalajara to teach a cello workshop before the concert on September 12.
On September 29, Opera Cultura has a very exciting FREE EVENT planned at Hillview Library in San Jose. The event will begin with a fun youth painting workshop led by visual artist Roberto Romo, the creator of the artistic painted backdrops for Cuentos de Peregrinación. The second half of the event will start with a special performance by one of the featured singers of the opera, soprano Alexandra Anderson. The performance will be followed by a screening of Opera Cultura’s 2014 production of the opera, and an open discussion led by Anderson and Romo.
CLICK HERE for more information on Cuentos at Hillview Library.
For those who cannot attend the event at Hillview Library, there will be an online broadcast of the 2014 production of Cuentos de Peregrinación/Tales of Pilgrimage on September 30.  The broadcast will be available through Opera Cultura’s website (www.operacultura.org). 
CLICK HERE for more information on the online broadcast.
Finally, the inaugural Canto: NEW VOICES Concert will take place on Saturday, October 6, at 3pm at the Trianon Theatre Recital Hall in San Jose. Showcasing the winners from the national Canto Online Vocal Competition, NEW VOICES offers the opportunity to see classical repertoire in Spanish that is not often performed, as well as new works from three up-and-coming composers. The program seeks to unite traditional and new repertoire to highlight the experience of Latino Americans through the beauty of music. 
CLICK HERE for more information on the Canto: New Voices Concert.
Cuentos de Peregrinación is a song cycle opera based on stories collected by composer Héctor Armienta, and retells the heart wrenching and inspirational stories of Mexican immigrants who have made the arduous journey from México to the US. This work is intended for the community and those that want to celebrate the contributions of all immigrants – including those within our own family. Cuentos de Peregrinación was produced in 2014 at the Mexican Heritage Theater in San Jose, directed by Kinan Valdez, and conducted by Temirzhan Yerzhanov.