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07
September 2021
Tuesday
7:00 PM
Main Hall
plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław

Caribbean Concert Spirituel

Performers:

Pedro Memelsdorff – conductor
Francesca Benitez – soprano 
Belén Vaquero – soprano 
Markéta Cukrová – mezzosoprano 
Yannis François – bass-baritone
Arlequin Philosophe

Programme:

Religious Music in the French Caribbean 1760–1790:
Messe en cantiques à lʼusage des Nègres (excerpts)
Works performed during a Concert Spirituel on Christmas Day in Port-au-Prince in 1780 r. (Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Adolphe Benoît Blaise, Jean-Paul-Égide Martini, Egidio Duni, Joseph Bologne, Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac)

The project is part of the commemoration of the centenary of regaining independence and rebuilding Polish statehood

Pedro Memelsdorff fot. Sławek Przerwa
Pedro Memelsdorff fot. Sławek Przerwa

Pedro Memelsdorff, well-known to the Wrocław audience, is an open and inquisitive artist, eagerly looking for repertoire novelties. Although as a professional researcher he deals mainly with medieval music, he has recently become interested in works performed in the 18th century across French colonies in the Caribbean. The results of these inquiries will form part of a concert programme during which Memelsdorff will lead the Arlequin Philosophe ensemble.

We know quite a lot about the culture of rich French plantation owners thanks to preserved documents, letters or press releases. However, the musical life of the black slaves who worked for them was basically unknown until now. Thanks to Memelsdorff’s efforts, we will unravel a little bit of the secret. The Caribbean Concert Spirituel will consist of two elements. The first one will be the reproduction of a Christmas concert that took place in Port-au-Prince on 25 December 1780. The black musicians performed fragments of French operas at that time, and one of the most remarkable moments was the performance of 14-year-old Elizabeth Ferrand, called Minette. This event opened the door to her career and history remembers her as the first black singer to perform leading roles in operas. She had about forty parts in her repertoire!

We will also hear a reconstruction of fourteen holy mass sections, written to be performed by in 1740. Among the settings of the liturgy there are fragments relatively easy to perform and more difficult parts, intended for talented and more advanced singers, most probably educated by local Jesuit missionaries. The Caribbean Concert Spirituel will be a one-of-its-kind musical presentation until recently completely forgotten, giving voice to community looking for beauty and opportunities for expression in times of contempt and oppression.

Tickets:
SEAT TYPE AVAILABILITY KINDS OF TICKETS PRICES
VIP Available
  • Bilet VIP
110 PLN
I kategoria Available
  • PRZEDSPRZEDAŻ - I kat - Bilet normalny
  • PRZEDSPRZEDAŻ - I kat - Bilet ulgowy
65 PLN
50 PLN
II kategoria Only a few seats left
  • PRZEDSPRZEDAŻ - II kat - Bilet normalny
  • PRZEDSPRZEDAŻ - II kat - Bilet ulgowy
50 PLN
35 PLN

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