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From Latin to Quechua: Songs with Harp

Americas Society

June 17, 2019


Manuel Vilas and Rocío de Frutos (courtesy).

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Admission: Free for AS and YPA members; $20 for non-members. For those COA members interested in this event, please email Mila Fontana to secure free tickets.

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This concert deals with the fascinating issue of the origin of the notable Catholic hymns in both Cuzco and other Quechua-speaking areas of the ancient Viceroyalty of Peru. Beginning with the Latin songs introduced by the Spaniards in the 16th century, until the explosion of the Catholics singing in Quechua in the 19th century, this historical and musical journey reveals circumstances that we can analyze and listen chronologically. Three languages (Spanish, Latin and Quechua) circulate through these pieces that are heard with the accompaniment of one of the key instruments of the Peruvian musical heritage, the harp. 

This concert is part of GEMAS, a project of Americas Society and Gotham Early Music Scene devoted to early music of the Americas.


Rocío de Frutos & Manuel Vilas perform J. Marín's "Ojos, pues me desdeñáis"

About the artists

Rocío de Frutos and Manuel Vilas have worked together in collaboration with Musica Ficta, Grande Chapelle, Al Ayre Español, and the Baroque Orchestra of Seville. The Sevillian Rocío de Frutos has developed an international career under the direction of Jordi Savall, Leonardo García Alarcón and Raúl Mallavibarrena, among others. Founder of the Groups Alla Vera Spagnola, and Vandalia, she has also been a Professor in the area of music research at the University of Seville since 2009. For his part, Manuel Vilas is the founder of Ars Atlantica and collaborates regularly with other ensembles such as Les Musiciens du Louvre, Capilla Jerónimo de Carrión, and Capela de Ministrers, Ensemble Elyma, Camerata Iberia, La Danserye, la Hispanoflamenca, la Galania, Ars Longa, La Trulla de vozes, Vandalia, National Choir of Spain, Ensemble la Chimera, and Harmonia del Parnàs.