July 22: Composers – Ariel, Kyrie & Hosanna, 2017

Jon Curtis Season of the Day, SOTD - July

Born in Argentina, Ariel Quintana graduated from the Universidad Adventista del Plata, later earning a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. He has been the conductor of the Cathedral Choir at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, has a Doctor in Musical Arts from USC, and has been assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Consort Chorale first sang "Kyrie" and "Hosanna" from Ariel's "Mass From Two Worlds" for Opus 15 in 2008.  But the more interesting recording is from our tour in his home country in 2017.  The context of this video is the group's journey from Rosario to Posadas and our evening concert.  Along the way to the Buenos Aires airport we see our bus driver sharing a yerba mate with Alexandra. 

Person of the Day: Alexandra Amati

Alexandra's vast background in musicology has been a great asset for Consort, particularly when writing our program notes and when issues have arisen over some of the finer points and pronunciations in our music.

She has been particularly helpful on our tours.  She speaks seven languages including Russian, which was handy for our Baltics tour in St Petersburg.  And, as a native Spanish speaker, but with an Argentinian accent, she was the perfect person to announce all of our concerts on that tour!

Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison.
Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy.

Hosanna in excelsis.
Hosanna in the highest.