Performance + Music Arts
November 19, 2016
Featuring Gabriela Lena Frank's La Centinela y La Paloma (The Keeper and the Dover), with soprano Jessica Rivera and poet Nilo Cruz, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 (mvts 3 and 4), La centinela y la paloma (The Keeper and the Dove), for soprano and chamber orchestra, finds its inspiration in two national treasures of Mexico: its annual Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead) folk-Catholic festival and iconic painter Frida Kahlo. A distillation of a large-scale opera in progress by playwright Nilo Cruz and composer Gabriela Lena Frank, this cycle of four songs features two characters: Catrina, the keeper of souls (also known as the Lady of Death), who bestows a gift but once a year to the spirits in her charge whereby they can visit their loved ones still living; and Frida, who, having predeceased her beloved husband Diego Rivera, yearns to see him once again.
The four songs are:
La centinela de los fieles difuntos (The Keeper of the Faithful Departed)
¡Que viva la vida! (Long Live Life!)
La ley de la muerta (The Law of Death)
El descenso (The Descent)