celestial sirensMusic from the Mexican Convent of the Encarnación

The Newberry Choirbooks are our source for this program of brilliant new-world music by Mexican and Spanish composers.  Written for all women’s voices and accompanying instruments, these works designed for convent worship feature the elegant polyphony, dancing rhythms, and rich harmonies that characterize this unique repertoire from New Spain.


Ellen Hargis, soprano, with a women’s ensemble of voices, guitar, bassoon, and organ


May 2, 2014, St. Clement Church, Chicago, 8:00pm / pre-concert lecture at 7:00pm

May 3, 2014, Bond Chapel, University of Chicago, 8:00pm / pre-concert lecture at 7:00pm

May 4, 2014, Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 3:00pm /pre-concert lecture at 2:00pm

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