Thursday, March 7, 2013

Cuba - Choral Music Video

In the bayside town of Cienfuegos, there's plenty to get excited about, whether the waterfront promenade that's perfect for jogging or the petite sculpture garden across the street featuring contemporary, and sometimes whimsical, works in various media. A giant dragonfly fashioned out of metal wire and a crimson hued rhinoceros are just two of more than a dozen creative pieces that beckon to be inspected. (Curious that so few people visit this artistic enclave.)




But, perhaps the most enthralling thing about Cienfuegos was my visit to the Museo Historico Provincial one evening to attend the performance of Cantores de Cienfuegos, a versatile, 23-member choral group. Under the direction of Honey Moreira Abreu, who became their conductor originally as part of Cuba's required community service and loved it so much that she stayed on, the choir has an eclectic repertoire, singing everything from Renaissance to Japanese fisherman's folk music.

Listening to them even for a few moments, you can't help be impressed. But it's no wonder they can perform at this stellar level: they practice for three hours every day. In fact, singing in the choir is their job -- though some may take on a second job -- with the oldest member performing with them for 20+ years and the youngest, a mere five months. 

14 comments:

Brette said...

This is lovely!

Irene said...

Thanks for that beautiful musical interlude!:-)

JTravel said...

Hi Brette, Glad you enjoyed my video.

JTravel said...

Hi Irene, I have played this over and over again as a pick-me-up.

Kerry Dexter said...

good to hear that there is support for the musicians to focus on their art. fine acoustics in the museum for this performance, too -- in my experience museums sometimes don't work that well as music venues, but here they sound great.

JTravel said...

Hi Kerry, I know. When I found out the concert was going to be held in a museum, I wasn't very optimistic about the acoustics. But this worked out very well. I'm glad you enjoyed listening, too.

HeatherL said...

What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

JTravel said...

Hi Heather, I could've listened to them for another hour. But I bought their CD which is amazing!

sheryl said...

All that practice is certainly paying off - beautiful music!

Jane Boursaw said...

I absolutely love choral music. There's just something so calming about it. Cuba also has a great filmmaker community.

JTravel said...

Hi Sheryl, My whole group was delighted with their performance.

JTravel said...

Hi Jane, I hung out at a coffee shop in Havana that has a film theme and attracts people in the film community.

MyKidsEatSquid said...

Beautiful music. You get to know a country better when you begin listening to their music, thanks for sharing this.

JTravel said...

Hi MyKidsEatSquid, I absolutely agree. Checking out the music and art scene is a sure way to get in touch with the people.