Music of Mexico
October 26, 2012
Excerpts from famous operas and Mexican songs were performed during a gala concert entitled Music from My Land Sept. 17 at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. Organized by the Mexican embassy in Poland, Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Conaculta National Council for Culture and the Arts in Mexico, the concert was held in conjunction with the anniversary of the country’s independence.
The four Mexican singers who performed at the concert at the National Philharmonic’s Chamber Hall were Suana Mijangos (soprano), Encarnación Vázquez (mezzo-soprano), José Luis Ordónez (tenor) and Carlos Sánchez (baritone). The concert also featured Józef Olechowski, a great pianist of Polish descent. The event was attended by 400 guests, including Senate Speaker Bogdan Borusewicz, members of the artistic community, academics and media people. The guests were taken on a musical voyage through melodies penned by Mexican composers such as Ernesto Elorduy, María Grever, Consuelo Velázquez and Agustín Lara. Classic operatic pieces performed that night included songs from Bizet’s Carmen and La Boheme by Puccini. The guests also heard Polonaise op. 53 by Frederic Chopin.
The trip across the musical culture of Mexico with all its contrasts ensured it was a night to remember and the performers got a standing ovation from the audience.