Christmas concert at the Cenart


* Almost 120 interpreters will take the stage of the Blas Galindo Auditorium

By Luis Galindo

Mexico, December 4 (Notimex) .— The American singer Anais St. John (1973) with Coral Power and guests will join their voices, under the direction of Aquiles Morales, to offer the Christmas Jazz album in concert at the Blas Galindo Auditorium from the National Center of the Arts (Cenart) on Saturday, December 7. Morales explained that in this presentation the Viceroy Choir Rita Guerrero, from the University of the Cloister of Sor Juana, and the Youth Choir of the Higher School of Music will participate as guest groups. “I think that the number of performers that will be on the Blas Galindo stage will be like about 120 singers, although the base of the choir is the Délicieux, which is the most advanced of the Coral Power, and with them I make most of the pieces that the the public can enjoy, ”he said in an interview with Notimex. He said that this project arose a year ago with jazz singer Anais St. John, originally from New Orleans, in Louisiana, “with whom I worked a course in choral conducting in Italy about three years ago and since I met her, I invited her to Mexico to be able to gather their talent ”. The director commented that together they held a concert two years ago, which had an unprecedented success, and a short time later the project of a live concert, record on disc and that was Christmas arose.

A crystallized project

“That project was carried out in the Blas Galindo Auditorium, and the concert that will be offered this time is to present the album officially, for which we worked with the arrangers Hazael Espíndola and Cristóbal MarYán,” said Aquiles Morales. He recalled that from the beginning he confessed his interest in making this concert with original arrangements, which put the voice of the singer and the choir in contrast, while each of the arrangers took a different path to form the album. Each, he added, resumed known works to make them cultural, that is, to take that idea that music can break down barriers and bring people together and listen to pieces such as Las Pascuas, which contains that jazz style with Anais' voice. You can also see songs such as Hallelujah, White Christmas and O Holy Night, in the purest style of jazz. He stressed that the concert, in which all the themes of the record production will be performed, will take place within the framework of the Winter Lights Festival 2019 and the 25 years of the National Center of the Arts. "It is a jazz music project, which for us is novel when mixed with Mexican music, a message of communion between these two cultures, the Mexican and American," said the director. The challenge, he added, is that the public receives a musical message "that makes us leave different from how we enter the concert hall."

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