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Meridionalis: Music of Francisco López Capillas

Americas Society

April 27, 2015


Plaza Mayor de Mexico by Carl Nebel, 1836. {{PD-US}}

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Americas Society's ensemble, Meridionalis, led by Sebastián Zubieta, presents a concert featuring sacred choral music by Mexican composer Francisco López Capillas (ca. 1615-1673). Born in Mexico City, López Capillas was one of the earliest polyphonic composers of renown born in the Americas; his works are known for their expressivity and contrapuntal splendor. He was kappelmeister at Puebla and Mexico City, and several of his compositions have survived in archives in Mexico and Spain. 

This program was prepared by musicologist Bernardo Illari from manuscripts held in Mexico City.

This concert is part of GEMAS, a project of Americas Society and Gotham Early Music Scene devoted to early music of the Americas with Nell Snaidas and Sebastián Zubieta as co-artistic directors.


Aufer a nobis  
Cum iucunditate navitatem Beatae Mariae  
Cui luna, sol, et omnia  
In horrore visionis nocturnae  
Missa Aufer a nobis  


Read more about the repertoire in the printed program (PDF).


Melanie Russell, Elaine Lachica, Amanda Sidebottom, sopranos
Kirsten Sollek, Timothy Parsons altos
Timothy Hodges tenor
Thomas McCargar, Steven Hrycelak basses
Jeffrey Grossman organ
Sebastián Zubieta conductor


Meridionalis performs Judas mercator pessimus by José Maurício Nunes Garcia (2012).