Inti Ukana: A Latin American Tapestry – A live-streaming concert

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Date(s) - 02/10/2020
19:30 - 20:30

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Upper Canada Choristers; Laurie Evan Fraser, conductor; Hye Won Cecilia Lee, piano; Laura Fernandez, MC/narrator; Antonio Mata, tenor; Bernardo Padron, flute and percussion; other leading Toronto Latino musicians


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The Upper Canada Choristers and their accomplished Latin ensemble Cantemos celebrate the diversity of music from Latin America in their concert, originally planned for the spring and now a live-streaming event, with some pre-recorded elements.

Inti Ukana: A Latin American Tapestry features conductor Laurie Evan Fraser and pianist Hye Won Cecilia Lee, joined by M.C./narrator Laura Fernandez, Bernardo Padron, flute and percussion; tenor Antonio Mata, and other leading Toronto Latino guest musicians.

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Centrepiece is the dynamic Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez.  Written after the Second Vatican Council allowed vernacular elements in the Mass, it references a different folkloric style/dance in each movement, mostly pre-Hispanic.

Among other featured works are Stephen Hatfield’s arrangement of Ojos Azules (Blue Eyes), a popular song from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile; and Hanacpachap cussicuinin, a hymn to the Virgin in Quechua, the indigenous language of the Incas. The latter is the first example of polyphonic music to be published in the New World (1631 in Peru).

Cantemos performs the energetic Apamuy shungo, a traditional “yumbo” from Ecuador – a style named after the Yumbo people who came to live in the Sacred Valley of Tulipe around 800 B.C.E.  It is also sung in Quechua.  As well, the ensemble offers the Venezuelan number Mare-Mare, which, while not indigenous, tells about the nomadic Kariña tribe that travelled through what is now Venezuela and the Caribbean.

The presentation is sponsored by The Mills Team – Royal LePage Signature Realty. Technical support is provided by Grace Church on-the-Hill, the choir’s rehearsal and performance venue in pre-COVID-19 times.  The Church is also joining the choir as partners in community service as the Choristers find new ways to connect with their audiences in long-term and chronic care facilities, nursing homes and seniors’ residences.

Now beginning its 27th season, the Upper Canada Choristers was founded by Laurie Evan Fraser and Jacqui Atkin to nurture the love of singing and appreciation of choral music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, educating both choir members and audiences.  In normal times, the choir sings regularly in such community venues as nursing homes and schools.  Cantemos, created in 2008, has released two CDs featuring Latin American music – the Christmas CD El Nacimiento and Music of the Americas. (The second also includes the Upper Canada Choristers and songs in English.)



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