Meet Salomé and Lucía

Two musicians in A Mexican Christmas!

Sopranos Salomé Sandoval McNutt and Lucía Mier y Terán Romero will perform as part of the Convent Ensemble in A Mexican Christmas this December 6-8th! Read on to learn more about these multi-faceted artists and why they’re excited to join The Newberry Consort for these special concerts.

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6th, 7th, 8th

DECEMBER, 2019

We recently caught up with Salome and Lucia for an interesting conversation regarding their upcoming performance. And don’t forget, tickets to these unique concerts are on sale now!

You both have such unique talents and professional lives! What initially drew you to early music and singing? 

 
Salomé Sandoval McNutt: I have always sung in choirs since preschool. All my schools included music programs with singing a instruments. Singing makes me feel free of any problems and burdens; it is both an escape and gateway to other worlds.
 
Lucìa Mier: I found my passion for singing and performative arts at a young age and have been lucky to have the opportunity to develop them. Unfortunately early music came much later in my life, as I was finishing college, but it has been definitely a life changing discovery.
 
What makes this project, A Mexican Christmas, meaningful to you?
 
LM: Sharing my culture and heritage with others is one of the things I enjoy the most. As a singer and Spanish teacher, nothing makes me happier than seeing people enjoy the things I grew up with.
 
SSM: Many music historians have excluded Hispanic music of this period as irrelevant or have decided that these compositions are bad copies of better known composers. It is our responsibility to show the intrinsic value and historical importance of this repertoire by performing it.
 
Both of you also performed in last year’s A Mexican Christmas project. What was your favorite part?
 
LM: First of all, to work with such wonderful and generous people, rehearsals are always fun and enriching. At the concerts, the ending was always amazing. When everyone got together to sing and dance “Burrito Sabanero“, I was the happiest on earth.
 
SSM: I loved being part of such highly professional group of musicians. Sacred and Secular music from that time have been part of my life in one way or another, so performing it is a dream come true. My favorite part was hearing the similarities in textures and harmonies between the two, as well as representing it all with all the beautiful voice timbers of the vocal ensemble and various instruments.
 
 
What do you hope audiences take away from these performances?
 
SSM: This repertoire can be both inspiring and fun. I hope we provide audiences with a view of how both churches and street musicians celebrated the season. We hope to make them travel to unknown lands with their imagination through music.
 
Any favorite holiday traditions? 
 
LM: Growing up and attending traditional Posadas was incredibly fun. Eating tamales, drinking ponche (a spiced warm drink made with fruits and sugar cane) and breaking piñatas surrounded by family and friends was the perfect way of starting the holiday season.
 
SSM: The food!: La Hallaca, pan con jamón, ensalada de gallina, pernil!
 
[If you’d like to try making ponche at home, Lucìa recommends this recipe!]
 
Can you share a favorite holiday memories?
 
LM: While in college, I was part of an a cappella ensamble created by some friends and myself. During the Christmas holidays we would sing villancicos and carols in small towns outside of the Mexico City and at some hospitals. It was always very special and touching to share this music full of joy and hope with less fortunate ones and people going through hard moments.
 
SSM: The Holiday gatherings at my grandmother’s house usually became both food feasts and music parlors in which both my sister and I entertained our guests with Christmas Villancicos to cheer up and often asked family members and friends to join in singing and/or playing the most unusual percussion items such as a cheese grinder.
 
What are your favorite holiday songs or carols to sing? 
 
SSM: My favorites include Tun, tun, quien es? gente de paz” (Knock, Knock, who’s there…we come in peace), which is a very funny Christmas villancico in which people go from door to door to sing, then it causes to much noise so the police shows up but they end up joining in food and singing! Another is “Al llegar aquí” (when we arrive), which is a villancico about celebrating the New Year. And another one is “Fuego al cañón” (fire to the canon) a traditional villancico about celebrating Christmas loudly!

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