“La Amable: Music in New Spain” – La Fontegara

Sep 14 7:00 PM


Holsclaw Hall
1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85721-0004



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The Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona presents a recital featuring La Fontegara, a renowned early music ensemble from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The performance will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall on Thursday, September 14, 2017. This event continues a partnership between the Fred Fox School of Music and UNAM Tucson – Centro de Estudios Mexicanos, with support from the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson. This concert is also part of the second anniversary celebrations of  UNAM Tucson – Centro de Estudios Mexicanos at the University of Arizona.

In its 29th year, La Fontegara is one of the foremost early music ensembles in Mexico. These guest artists from Facultad de Música–Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México will present a recital featuring 18th-century works from New Spain archives. UA distinguished graduate student Olman Alfaro, tenor, will join the guest artists in their performance. Members of La Fontegara are María Díez-Canedo, traverso and recorder; Eunice Padilla, harpsichord; Rafael Sánchez Guevara, viola da gamba; and Eloy Cruz, Baroque guitar.


"La Amable"
Music in New Spain from different manuscript sources “XII Sonatas a Flauta sola e basso, 1759” (Ms T-4 53, BMNAH, 1759), Códice Saldívar 4 and Quaderno Mayner 1804

Leonardo Leo (1694-1744)
Dos Solfeggi (Anon. Cathedral of Mexico)

Sonata VII in A for traverso and continuo
Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764)
(Ms. Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia, 1759)

Ignacio Jerusalem (1707-1769)
Celestes moradores

Tres piezas (Ms. MNAH, 1759)
Marcha del Ritiro [atr. F. Corselli]
La Amable [A. Campra/Anon.]                                                             

Santiago de Murcia (c.1732)
Cuatro danzas (Códice Saldívar 4)
Folías gallegas
Las Penas      
Sonata quinta del Sr. Aydem (Quaderno Mayner, 1804)
Luis Misón (1726-1766)
Sonata en La menor (Ms. MNAH, 1759)

Ignacio Jerusalem (1707-1769)
Es aurora presurosa

About the Music:

This program showcases the variety of styles and contrasting elements found in the vocal and instrumental chamber music heard in Mexico during the second half of the 18th century. Besides the music composed in New Spain by native composers or Italians living here – for instance Ignacio Jerusalem, director of the Coliseo Theater and chapel master of Mexico City’s Cathedral – the most trendy and famous music was imported from Europe, from dances to the sophisticated style of cutting edge composers like Corelli, Locatelli, Haydn or Boccherini. Through the "Abaluo de los papeles de Musica pertenecientes á el Albaceazgo del difunto P. Dn Jose Fernandez Jauregui" dated 1801, found at the National General Archives we now know the great amount of music imported from Europe that was used as repertoire for domestic music-making and entertainment.

Music in Mexican archives contains theater music, chamber music (variations, sonatas, orchestral arrangements), and many dances used in salons and balls in houses, palaces and theatres. The music included in this program comes from several manuscript sources: the Codice Saldivar 4, c. 1732, by Santiago de Murcia, an undated notebook from the Cathedral of Mexico that includes solfeggi by Leonardo Leo and sonatas by various authors, and a collection of pieces for traverso of unknown origin (Mexico, 1759), which is kept at the library of the Anthropology and History Museum of Mexico City, and the Quaderno de Doña Guadalupe Mayner 1804, from Miguel Lerdo de Tejada’s Library.

About the Artists:

La Fontegara

La Fontegara is one of Mexico's leading early music ensembles. This instrumental ensemble has been dedicated to the performance of Renaissance, Baroque and Galant music (c. 1450-c. 1770), with special emphasis on Colonial Mexican music, on replicas of original instruments.

The ensemble was formed in 1988 after individual studies in Mexico, Chicago, Boston and The Hague. They have performed extensively in Mexico City and have participated in the most important festivals in the country. Their appearances outside of Mexico include concerts in Spain, Germany, Canada, Venezuela, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Guatemala and in numerous festivals and concert series throughout the United States.

On different occasions, the ensemble has invited internationally renowned artists to perform special repertoires, including Manfredo Kraemer, Lydia H. Knutson, Richard Luby, Emilio Moreno, Robert Mealy, Sandi Schwarz, Josep Cabré, Marilyn Boenau, Irasema Terrazas and others.

Members of la Fontegara are full time professors at the Facultad de Música of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and have been invited to teach courses at the Universidad de Costa Rica, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Miami University and Interlochen.

They have recorded several CDs including "Sonatas Novohispanas" I-II (Urtext Digital Classics, 2001, 2004), "Resonancia" I-II (2008), together with an interactive CD-ROM about Baroque performance practices, and "Galant with an Attitude," in collaboration with Musicians of the Old Post Road (Meridian Records, England).

They have received twice a Grant for Artistic Groups from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes and the Rockefeller-Bancomer Fideicomiso for Mexico/USA Culture grant for a collaboration project.

In 2012 Meridian Records released their CD "Godfather," with German Baroque music of Telemann and C.P.E. Bach, and in November 2017 "Arca de Música" I-II with repertoire played in the New Spain, will be released.

María Díez-Canedo, traverso and recorder

María Díez-Canedo graduated from the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1986 with an award for excellence in performance. Her teachers were Marilyn Boenau, Catherine Folkers and Christopher Krueger. In 1987 she attended postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Holland, with Ricardo Kanji, and studied flute with Marten Root in Amsterdam. She also earned a doctorate degree in music performance from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and was awarded the 2015 Alfonso Caso Medal for her Ph.D. dissertation. As a member of La Fontegara she has performed extensively throughout Mexico, Central and South America, Spain, Germany and the United States. María Díez-Canedo is a full-time professor of recorder and chamber music at Facultad de Música, UNAM.

Eunice Padilla, harpsichord

Born in Mexico City, Eunice Padilla graduated with honors and the Gabino Barreda Medal in piano from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México–Escuela Nacional de Música, where she studied with Aurelio León Ptacnik. She studied harpsichord with Luisa Durón in Mexico City and earned a master’s degree (with honors) in both harpsichord and fortepiano at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with John Gibbons. She holds a Ph.D. in music technology from UNAM, and was awarded the Alfonso Caso Medal in 2014 for her Ph.D. dissertation. Ms. Padilla has performed as a soloist and in chamber ensembles in Mexico, United States, Europe and South America. Eunice Padilla is a full-time professor at Facultad de Música – UNAM, and hosts the weekly radio program on Baroque music, “Bajo Continuo” on National Public Radio (Instituto Mexicano de la Radio). This radio program is broadcast live online at http://www.imer.mx/opus/ every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (local Mexico City time), and past programs can be found at http://eunicepadilla.podomatic.com

Eloy Cruz, baroque guitar and theorbo

Eloy Cruz was born in Mexico City and studied guitar with Guillermo Flores and vihuela with Isabelle Villey. He has attended master classes with Abel Carlevaro, Leo Brouwer, Javier Hinojosa, Hopkinson Smith and Pat O'Brien. As a guitar player, he has performed in concert halls in Mexico, the Americas, Europe and Asia, with groups such as The Boston Camerata (Boston), Los Otros (Bremen), Ex Umbris (New York), La Real Cámara de España (Madrid) and Hesperión XXI (Barcelona). He is founding member of La Fontegara Mexico and Tembembe Ensamble Continuo. His recordings include music from the 16th to the 21th centuries and upcoming recordings include music from 18th-century Mexican archives ("Arca de Música," 2017). He is the author of the book "La Casa de los Once Muertos. Guitar History and Repertory," and is preparing a second one about the baroque perspective of son jarocho. Currently he teaches at the National University of Mexico (UNAM).

Rafael Sánchez Guevara, viola da gamba

Born in Mexico City, Rafael Sánchez Guevara plays viola da gamba and cello, focusing on historical and rhetorical performance of several musical styles. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Music Postgraduate Progam at UNAM. He holds a bachelor's degree in cello performance from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a master's degree in viola da gamba from Université de Montréal, where he studied with Margaret Little. Since 2010 he is a member of La Fontegara, playing concerts throughout Mexico, as well as in Latin America, Spain, the United States and Canada. Based in Mexico City again, he is glad to teach viola da gamba at UNAM, organize and perform concerts involving local and international musicians and promote cultural interchange.

Olman Alfaro, tenor (The University of Arizona)

After studies in guitar and a degree in biology, Olman Alfaro completed a bachelor's degree in voice performance from the University of Costa Rica where he studied with Zamira Barquero. At the University of Arizona he earned a master's degree in vocal performance under the tutelage of Dr. Kristin Dauphinais, and he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in musicology. At UA he has received awards from the College of Fine Arts and the Graduate and Professional Student Council. As founder and coordinator of Arizona Baroque, the University of Arizona's Baroque ensemble, he has performed with other students in numerous concerts in Tucson, Spain and Mexico. He has appeared as a soloist at Festival Internacional de Música Antigua de Daroca, Spain for three consecutive years. His latest participation in August 2017 included the role of Apollo in the opera "L´Orfeo" by Monteverdi. In Costa Rica, Olman has performed with major early music ensembles, such as Syntagma Musicum and Ganassi. In 2011 he was selected to represent Costa Rica in the World Culture Festival at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany, performing folksongs with the renowned Costa Rican guitarist Andrés Saborío.