Music City Baroque Presents "Let's Celebrate"

Music City Baroque presents

¡Hacemos Fiesta!

(“Let’s celebrate”)

Sunday, May 5th,  2013 at 3 PM

Benton Chapel, Vanderbilt University

Murray Somerville (Artistic Director emeritus), guest director



EVENT:  ¡Hacemos Fiesta! (“Let’s Celebrate”) – Music City Baroque presents a concert of Baroque and early-Classical choral and instrumental music from Mexico. Performers will be members of Music City Baroque, Nashville’s period-instrument ensemble, and the Music City Baroque Chamber Chorus. Murray Somerville, Artistic Director emeritus, will return to Nashville to conduct the concert.

DATE and TIME: Sunday May 5th, 2013 at 3PM

PLACE: Benton Chapel, at the Vanderbilt Divinity School, 411 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204.

TICKETS: This concert is free and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS TO BENTON CHAPEL: Benton Chapel is located at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, 411 21st Avenue South – across from the Wesley Place Parking Garage. Free parking is available in the Wesley Place Garage, located in the same building as Bruggers Bagel. From Wesley Place, cross 21st and walk on to campus; Benton Chapel is the first building on the right.

INFORMATION: - – (615) 343-1837

DETAILS: This concert, presented in conjunction with the Vanderbilt Center for Latin-American Studies, is a varied and accessible program of Baroque and early Classical music written by Mexican composers. Composers Ignacio de Jerusalem, Manuel de Zumaya, and Gaspar Fernandes will be featured in short sacred works and secular music based on folk tunes. The theme of the concert will be a Mission-town festival, complete with decorations.

Music City Baroque, Nashville’s historically-informed ensemble will be performing this concert on period instruments – instruments similar to those used at the time this music was written. Percussion instruments from Mexico and Colonial California and Classical guitar will be featured, as well. Music City Baroque’s Chamber Chorus is made up of professional vocalists who specialize in Baroque music. Music City Baroque Music-Director emeritus, Murray Somerville, returns to Nashville to conduct the concert.

Following the concert, there will be a show and tell of native Mexican percussion instruments, such as deer rattles and turtle-shell drums, and a Question and Answer session.

Music City Baroque presents music of Mexico

Music City Baroque, now in its ninth season, offers ensemble and chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries played on period instruments, in the style the composers would have heard, with all its original color and passion. Performers are drawn from members of the Nashville Symphony and faculties of the schools of music at Vanderbilt, MTSU and Belmont. 

Murray Somerville, Artistic Director Emeritus:

Harpsichordist, organist, and conductor, Mr. Somerville was born in London and grew up in Rhodesia. He was a student of Bach conductor Karl Richter, studied at Oxford (Organ Scholar of New College under Sir David Lunsden), and holds a doctorate from New England Conservatory in Boston. Mr. Somerville was the founding conductor of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, and was Music Director of Winter Park Bach Festival in Florida. He is the founding Music and Artistic Director for Music City Baroque. Since his retirement, he and his wife Hazel reside in York. South Carolina.