María Guinand

María Guinand Visits BCC in April 2011

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The exceptional conductor, Maria Guinand, also from Caracas, seemed at ease with every stylistic situation.

Mark Swed
Los Angeles Times

María Guinand 

The Boston Children’s Chorus is proud to host María Guinand for a week of musical and community events. Ms. Guinand is BCC’s inaugural conductor-in-residence. BCC’s Conductor-in-Residence program provides BCC singers the opportunity to work with a leading conductor. In addition, the program fosters partnerships and collaborations among local educational, community and musical institutions, while offering audiences access to a the highest level of artistic excellence.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
85 West Newton Street, Boston, MA 02118

4:30-5:30pm Open Rehearsal with the Premier Choir and the Young Men’s Ensemble
5:30pm           Reception hosted by the Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
6:00pm           Panel Discussion: “Music through Social Action
                         Hosted by Villa Victoria for the Arts

Founded with the conviction that music can be a very effective tool for social change, Construir Cantando is a widely-recognized initiative that explores the connection between choral music and social action. This discussion will explore its efforts to understand the philosophy behind this action, its values, results, methodologies and the possibilities to build a network throughout the world.

Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director (Boston Children’s Chorus)

María Guinand, Conductor, Cantoria Alberto Grau and Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and BCC Conductor-in-Residence
Sebastian Ruth, Founder and Artistic Director, Community MusicWorks and 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellow
David Malek and Rebecca Levi, Co-Directors of the El Sistema Music Program, Conservatory Lab Charter School and former Abreu Fellows

Thursday, April 7, 2011
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University
1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

4:00pm            Lecture: “Latin American Choral Music”
                          Sponsored by Harvard University’s Learning from Performers Program

Choral Music in Latin America began in the 17th century, as a product of the Spanish and Portuguese Colonization. In that period, choral music was mainly attached to the church and was composed following the European models and musical styles. However, the Indian and particularly the African influences can be already traced in some popular villancicos and songs. After the Independence Wars, during the 19th century, choral music was generally declining, and only at the turn of the century, with the raise of the Nationalists tendencies, it came back into the artistic life of the region. Some countries had prominent composers whose choral legacy is substantial throughout the 20th century. Another aspect of the Latin American choral repertoire is the vast variety of rhythms and melodies that originate from popular and folk traditions, have been arranged and harmonized into new choral versions and are a substantial part of this repertoire. During this lecture the idea is to explore this vast panorama and present some highlights of this unique repertoire.

Presenter: María Guinand
5:30-7:00pm       Open Rehearsal with BCC at Harvard University
8:00pm                 Rehearsal with Harvard University’s Radcliffe Choral Society in Holden Chapel

Friday, April 8, 2011
The Higginson Room, Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Entrance on Huntington Avenue at the Cohen Wing Doors.

5:00pm                  Conducting Master Class with BCC and 3 graduate conductors
                                Hosted by the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Ms. Guinand will work with three graduate students on three different selections. Each participant will conduct the piece in its entirety and then Ms. Guinand will instruct each conductor on how to make imporvements in their gestures and interpretations. A reception will follow the master class.

Please RSVP for this event to Ben Hires or (617) 778-2242 x222

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Old South Church
645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

2:00pm                    Concert featuring BCC’s Premier Choir, Young Men’s Ensemble and Concert Choir

Tickets: $10 individuals / $20 for a family of four