Southwestern Baroque: Music and Multiculturalism in Past Centuries

A Public Symposium and Performance

Presented by

Kimberly Marshall, Goldman Professor of Organ, ASU Herberger Institute School of Music
Troy Mendez, Dean, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director, ACMRS

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 6:00-8:00pm
Trinity Cathedral
100 W. Roosevelt St. Phoenix 85003

Free and open to the public

Eventbrite - Southwestern Baroque: Music & Multiculturalism in Past Centuries

The American Southwest was, during Spain’s Age of Empire, (1492-1812) one of the most conflictive, complex, and artistically rich regions of the Americas. The baroque musical traditions of Europe met the millenniums-old tradition of Native American sacred dance and song, and in the Spanish Jesuit missions, seen by some as repressive and by others as instruments of rebellion against the imperial system, musicians from Native American, Iberian, and Italian musical traditions blended their vision and their genius and created a true American Baroque. Why isn’t this tremendously rich Jesuit/Native American musical heritage of the Americas, extending from Paraguay in the Southern cone through Montreal in Canada, better known today? The American Southwest boasts an extraordinary collection of Jesuit missions, later entrusted to the Franciscans in the late 18th century when the Jesuits had become “too radical” for the Monarchy in Madrid. These missions were the repository of a magnificent shared musical tradition which derived as much from Amerindian spirituality as it did from Bach’s cantatas. This seminar will explore, in an extraordinary mixture of words and music, this contradictory and intriguing epic of history, melody, and faith.