5 Boroughs Music Festival 2023

SAT, SEP 30, 2023
7:30 PM

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$20 General Admission / $10 Members, Seniors, & Students w/ID

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Five Boroughs Music Festival presents Cecilia Duarte, Trio Chapultepec, and percussionist Jesús Pacheco in a performance of Reencuentros, a collection of boleros, mid-20th century art songs from across Latin America. Duarte, a classical and opera singer in high demand across the United States and beyond, returns to her roots with this program, describing it as “a remembrance of the moments when I listened to my mother sing. Reencuentros represents where I come from and the stories that formed me. It is important for me to share this legacy of beautiful music, only a small token of the artistic richness of Latin American music.”

Five Boroughs Music Festival presenta Cecilia Duarte, el Trío Chapultepec, y el percusionista Jesús Pacheco en Reencuentros, una colección de boleros de America Latina que en su mayoría representan la época de oro, a mediados del siglo 20. Duarte es una cantante clásica reconocida a nivel nacional e internacional, que en este concierto vuelve a sus raíces describiendo este repertorio como “un recuerdo de aquellos momentos en los que escuchaba a mi mamá cantar. Reencuentros representa el lugar de donde vengo, y la historia que me ha formado. Es importante para mí compartir este legado de música tan hermosa que es solo una pequeña muestra de la riqueza artística de la música latinoamericana."

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Artist Bios:

A soloist in the Grammy Award-winning album Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works, Cecilia Duarte has been praised by The New York Times as "A creamy voiced mezzo-soprano."

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Cecilia is a versatile singer that has performed around the world singing a variety of music styles, especially early and contemporary music. Cecilia has been widely acclaimed for creating the role of Renata in the first Mariachi Opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with the famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera in 2010. Cecilia has taken this opera to stages such as the Houston Grand Opera (2013, 2018), Châtelet Theatre in Paris, France, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera, The Fort Worth Opera, Teatro Nacional Sucre, in Quito, Ecuador, New York City Opera, and El Paso Opera. Since then, Cecilia has created other roles for world premieres of chamber operas and new works, including Jessie Lydell in A Coffin in Egypt (HGO and the Wallis Annenberg Center in LA); Gracie in A Way Home (HGO and Opera Southwest); Harriet in After the Storm (HGO); Alicia in Some Light Emerges (HGO); and Alma in "Boundless," the first episode of Houston Grand Opera’s Telly Award-winning web opera series Star cross’d.

Recordings include Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, with Albany Records, NY; soloist in the Grammy-winning album Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works with Signum Records, a special appearance in Encantamiento, an album with music by Daniel Catán, and Reencuentros, Cecilia's first solo album produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Blanton Alspaugh, under Reference Recordings Label.

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Trio Chapultepec, formed in July 2019, is a multi-instrumental group based in San Antonio, Texas composed of Vincent Pequeño, Israel Alcala and William Carlton Galvez. The members have extensively studied Mariachi together for several years and have been given national awards in both vocal and collegiate level ensemble competitions. Trio Chapultepec was able to make their debut in December 2019 in the Houston Grand Opera with the production, El Milagro del Recuerdo, with subsequent productions at the Arizona, Austin, Fort Worth, and San Diego Operas.

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Jesús Pacheco obtained his bachelor’s degree in percussion from the Superior Conservatory in Seville, Spain. As a young musician, he was part of the Andalusian Youth Orchestra (OJA) under the baton of Michael Thomas, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, directed by Daniel Baremboim. Jesús has performed at the Festivalensemble in Stuttgart, Germany, and served as a timpanist with the Bach Collegium (Stuttgart Bachakademie) both under the direction of Helmut Rilling, touring through Europe and China. In Andalusia, Jesús was a regular working with the Royal Symphonic Orchestra of Sevilla, and the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra, as well as other music ensembles devoted to early and contemporary music, and created and performed with his Percussion quartet Hits-Palis. During his time living in Houston, Jesús has collaborated with the Bach Society Houston, The Houston Brass Band, Octave Illusion, and often performs with Mercury Houston, The Magnolia City Brass Band, Ars Lyrica Houston, Apollo Chamber Players, and the Houston Brass Quintet, among others. Along with his wife, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte, Jesús has co-curated Orígenes, and Contemplation in Light, both community programs created for Ars Lyrica Houston promoting Latin American Baroque music, and Chant.

A versatile musician, Jesús can be found playing Latin Jazz with the Mateo Orozco and Bumerán band, and Flamenco music in the Houston area. Later performances include his debut with Houston Grand Opera in Suite Española 2: Exploring the Caribbean.

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