“Songs and Rhythms of Spain”

  • October 8, 2017 • 7 PM
  • E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Music Center

Since the Baroque era, Spanish music has exhibited a well-defined national style, due to its popular dance rhythms, and its melodies full of emotion and spontaneity. This program will highlight hidden treasures of the Spanish Baroque, including works by Jose de Torres, Sebastian Duron, Santiago de Murcia, and Diego Ortiz. Through their music, Nerea Berraondo and the Kingsbury Ensemble musicians will bring to life this repertoire sparkling with the warmth and colors of Spain.

Nerea Berraondo, mezzo-soprano
Margaret Humphrey, violin
Elizabeth Ramos, violin
Amy Greenhalgh, viola
Ken Kulosa, cello
Anne Timberlake, recorder
Maryse Carlin, harpsichord
percussion TBA

Nerea Berraondo is a native of Pamplona, Spain. She has performed principal opera roles such as Adrastro and Creusa in Demofonte (Gluck) at Theatre an der Wien in Vienna; Lucio in Catone in Utica (Vivaldi) at Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris; Malika in Lakmé at Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile; La Messaggiera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at Teatro Real in Madrid; Arminda in Selva Encanada de Amor (Sebastian Duron) at L’Auditori in Barcelona; Marco Antonio in Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra by J.A. Hasse in Bantierra in Zaragoza; Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi  (Bellini); Fulbio in Tito Manlio by Vivaldi in Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and Centro Cultural de Belem in Lisboa. Flora Bervoix in La Traviata in Pamplona (Spain); Doña Munia in the world premiere of the opera Un puente para el camino by Italian composer Giulio Genovese; Contessa di Ceprano and Giovanna in Rigoletto at Baluarte in Pamplona. Nerea is currently on faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and she directs the International Spanish Music Festival in Minnesota.