Explorations of the the “New World Renaissance”
By Peter Alexander
“I have seen the map of the world . . . “
Those are the opening words of a lively Italian song of the late 15th century, when that statement meant something. It is even possible that Columbus’s sailors sang those words on the way to a world that was not yet on the European maps.
More than 500 year later, the same song will open a concert by Boulder’s Ars Nova Singers, “New World Renaissance,” presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Boulder and Saturday in Englewood (tickets available online: http://arsnovasingers.com). Ars Nova’s artistic director Thomas Edward Morgan will conduct the performance, which will feature guest artists Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba, and William Simms, theorbo (a long-necked bass lute) and Baroque guitar.
The concert will explore music that was written, or was likely performed in the New World during the 16th and 17th centuries. The featured work, Missa Ego flos campi by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, was written for performance at the cathedral in Puebla, Mexico, in the mid-17th century. The program also includes “Hanacpachap cussicuinin,” a hymn written in the Quechua language of the Incan Empire by the Franciscan priest Juan Pérez Bocanegra.
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Ars Nova Singers, Tom Morgan, conductor
Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba
William Simms, theorbo and Baroque guitar
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St.,, Boulder
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 Hampden Blvd., Englewood