St. Monica Catholic Church to host Epiphany concert with Spanish and Mexican compositions

Drama Pastorela. Photo courtesy of the New Spain Orchestra.

The Catholic Church of Saint Monica is organizing an Epiphany concert, as part of the work of the Orchestra of New Spain with churches in the Hispanic community.

The concert is a costumed and narrated version of the Mexican Pastorela, or shepherd’s play, comprising villancicos (songs) from 18th century Spain and Mexico. More specifically, Padre Antonio Soler, Juan Gutierrez de Padilla and Juan Garcia de Zéspedes are star composers.

Here’s how a press release describes the performance:

“Conceived as a musical piece in a play, the tale features artists from the king’s court trying to cheer him up with a hit show straight from the New World, La Pastorela. The action on stage is a costumed musical account of the journey of the shepherds following the star to Bethlehem and the manger, accompanied along the way by upbeat music (xacaras) and colorful tales of shepherds and girls of the countryside with chickens, all told through villancicos.

The show will take place on January 11 at 7 p.m. at Sainte-Monica Catholic Church, 9933 Midway Road. Admission is free and donations are accepted.

the New Spain Orchestra, established in 1989 in the Dallas Arts District, has 36 members dedicated to the research and interpretation of Spanish and New World Baroque music.

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