Cecilia Duarte, mezzo-soprano with Trio Chapultepec, guitars, and Jesús Pacheco, percussion, with special appearance by Misael Barraza-Díaz, classical and flamenco guitar.
A soloist in the GRAMMY® winning album Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works, Cecilia has been praised by The New York Times as “A creamy voiced mezzo-soprano.” Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Cecilia is a versatile singer who has performed around the world singing a variety of musical styles, with a focus on early and contemporary music. Cecilia has been greatly recognized for creating the role of Renata in the first Mariachi Opera Cruzarla Cara de la Luna with the famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera in 2010. Cecilia has taken this opera to many stages around the world. She reprised the role of Renata with Houston Grand Opera in the opera El Milagro del Recuerdo, along with the musicians who perform on her album Reencuentros.
Cecilia Duarte writes this about the origin of Reencuentros: “This album is a reencounter with my past, a remembrance of the moments when I listened to my mother sing many of the songs compiled here, and a reflection of who I am as an artist today… Reencuentros represents where I come from and the stories that formed me. It is important for me to share this legacy of beautiful music, only a small token of the artistic richness of Latin American music.”
The twelve romantic boleros on Reencuentros, sung in Spanish, will be the program of one set of this concert, with Cecilia accompanied by Trio Chapultepec: Vincent A. Pequeño, Israel Alcala, and William Carlton Galvez, joined by Jesús Pacheco on percussion. These Latin popular standards are truly art songs from the mid-20th century. In the second set, Cecilia will be joined by Mexican flamenco and classical guitarist Misael Barraza-Díaz with a program primarily of Spanish song for voice, guitar, and percussion.