An Empire of Silver and Gold: Music of 18th Century Latin America


Past Performance

Sponsored by Ronni Lacroute

PBO welcomes Dr. Daniel Zuluaga back to PBO to lead this trailblazing program of music that was gathered from the archives of Latin American cathedrals. Five singers, two guitars, dulcian, violins, cello, cornetto, harp, and percussion blend familiar baroque sounds with distinct Latin American style. Zuluaga (guitar, lute, theorbo) shares this historically complex music from the nexus point between Spain and Latin America.

Pre-concert talk one hour before the concert with Dr. Daniel Zuluaga.

  • Juan de Araujo: ¡Ay, andar a tocar, a cantar, a baylar!  
  • Anonymous/Codex Martínez Compañón: Lanchas para baylar - 
  • Anonymous / Codex Martínez Compañón: Ynfelizes ojos míos
“The musical culture created by Spanish and Portuguese colonization of the western hemisphere represents an intriguing final chapter of the 20th century’s intrepid Baroque revival.” —
Nell Snaidas has been praised by The New York Times for her “beautiful soprano voice, melting passion” and “vocally ravishing” performances.
Jennifer Ellis Kampani’s “stylish and nimble” (Chicago Tribune) soprano voice has been praised for its many qualities including “sumptuous tones and iridescent waves of musical color” – Opera Today.
Mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian is acclaimed for her “smoldering stage presence” (New York Times) and her “richly-hued voice” (BBC Music magazine). credits tenor Joel González Estrada’s performances for “great conviction, humor, and appropriately bright vocal color.”
According to The New York Times Adrian Rosas is “a stalwart bass-baritone with a burnished voice.”

Program Sample

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Pre-concert talk one hour before the concert with Dr. Daniel Zuluaga.