Zorzal Music Ensemble
Lynn Gumert, Artistic Director
Prior Season Concerts, Festivals, Conferences, and Workshops
Guild for Early Music Festival, Sunday, October 5, 2013 from 3:30-4:00
Zorzal Music Ensemble will perform as part of the Guild for Early Music (GEMS) Festival at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. The theme for this year's program is: Journeys. Zorzal's presentation will include songs from Renaissance Spain, traditional Sephardic songs, and music from colonial-era Latin America. Admission to the festival is included with admission to the Grounds for Sculpture. For more information, visit http://www.guildforearlymusic.org
Songs of Love and War, Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Songs of Love and War: Music from the three cultures of Spain and from the nueva cancion movement in Latin America. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. Admission is free; free-will offerings will be accepted.
Zorzal Music Ensemble will present Latin American and Spanish Christmas music on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. Admission is free; free-will offerings will be accepted.
The concert traces the development of the villancico from its early 16th century Spanish origins, when it was defined as a simple strophic vocal song, through its explosion into complex multi-voice religious works with instrumental accompaniment during the Baroque period, and up to its current incarnation as Christmas carols from Spanish-speaking regions.
According to Artistic Director Lynn Gumert, “the concert will feature colonial period “ethnic villancicos,” which celebrate cross-cultural influences. The influences go both ways—Spanish composers drew on African and Native American rhythms, while indigenous composers incorporated European four-part harmony.” Zorzal will perform several jubilant negritos—Spanish-style songs in African dialect that use African rhythms—that celebrate Christ’s birth through the vibrant rhythms of New World dances, as well as other pieces that draw on Native American, Roma, Galician, and Italian musical elements.
Half of the program will be repeated on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 4:00 at Christ Church New Brunswick is at 5 Paterson St., New Brunswick, NJ; the other half of the program will consist of the American Boys Choir Training Choir. Tickets for this event are a suggested donation of $20.00 ($5.00 Seniors). For more information, contact: 732-545-6262.
Cross-Cultural Journeys: Latin American music from the Colonial Period and the Dictatorships, Sephardic Music and contemporary American music.
The new, New Jersey-based Zorzal presented our debut concert at 7:00, Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, NJ. The performance included the world premiere of Desert Song, which was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Eighth Alienor International Harpsichord Competition.
Migrations: Resistance and Endurance.
A musical and choreographic exploration of cultural migration featuring music and dance from the Golden Age of Spain, from indigenous peoples of the New World, from the Sephardic diaspora, and from Zorzal's Musical Director, Lynn Gumert. Featuring the Grant Street Dance Company. Choreography by Lynn Brooks, Director of Dance at Franklin & Marshall.
March 28, 2010; Paul Recital Hall, Schmucker Hall, Gettysburg College, PA
March 28, 2010; Schnader Theater, Roschel Performing Arts Center, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
Revolution, Resistance, and Reconciliation: Latin American Music from the Colonial Period and the Dictatorships
February 20, 2010; Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19-21 South 2nd Ave., Highland Park, NJ.
February 21, 2010; In RealTime Series, Ingalls Recital Hall, New Jersey City University.
A Convergence of Musical Cultures: Spain, the Netherlands, and the Sephardim in the Old and New Worlds.
Joint Concerts with the Highland Park Recorder Ensemble (www.hprecorder.org), and Musica Dolce.
March 21, 2009; United Methodist Church, George St. & Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ
March 22, 2009; Congregation Beth Mordecai, 224 High St., Perth Amboy, NJ
Portraits of Christmas/Estampas navideñas: Traditional and Baroque Spanish and Latin American music for the Christmas season
December 8, 2008; Musselman Library Notes at Noon, Gettysburg College, PA
December 17, 2006; Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Harrisburg, PA (Concert in 100th Anniversary Celebration)
December 10, 2006; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, York Springs, PA
December 11, 2005; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, York Springs, PA
Crossroads/Encrucijadas: African, Native American, and Sephardic Music from Spain and Latin America
October 19, 2008; Music! Gettysburg, Gettysburg Theological Seminary, PA
Cultural Crossroads: African, Native American, Sephardic and European Music from Spain and Latin America.
Joint Concerts with the Highland Park Recorder Society
March 29, 2008; United Methodist Church, George St. & Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ
March 30, 2008; Highland Park Conservative Temple, 201 South Third Ave., Highland Park, NJ
April 21, 2007; First Presbyterian Church of Perth Amboy, NJ
April 22, 2007; United Methodist Church of New Brunswick, NJ
Cultural Crossroads/Encrucijadas Culturales: Spanish, Latin American, and Sephardic Music
April 13, 2008, Pommerian Early Music Guild Series, St. Francis Xavier Church, Gettysburg, PA
October 18, 2007; The Junction, Gettysburg College Union Building, Gettysburg, PA, co-sponsored by the Spanish Department, the Music Department, and Hillel
August 25, 2007; Inaugural concert for Harbaugh-Thomas Library, Biglerville, PA
August 27, 2006; Historic Peace Church Concert Series, Camp Hill, PA.
October 13, 2002, Pommerian Early Music Guild
October 6, 2002, Gettysburg College
New Spain, New Spirit (Nueva España/Espíritu Nuevo): African, Native American and European Music from Colonial Period Mexico and Peru
August 26, 2007, 100th Anniversary final event for St. Rose of Lima Church, York, PA
December 18, 2005; Stevens Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Harrisburg, PA
December 17, 2005; Trinity United Methodist Church, New Cumberland, PA
December 9, 2005; Notes at Noon, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College, PA
December 11, 2004; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, York Springs, PA
New Spain, New Impulses
February 29, 2004, Schmucker Hall, Gettysburg College, PA & February 21, 2004, Pommerian Early Music Guild
Songs of Love and Loss (Canciones de amor y pérdida)
July 23, 2006, St. Rose of Lima Church, York, PA
June 12, 2005; Stevens Emmanuel United Methodist Church
April 17, 2005; St. John's Episcopal Church, Carlisle, PA
Songs of War and Love from Spain and Latin America (Canciones a la Guerra y al Amor de España y América Latina)
May 20, 2006; Stevens Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Harrisburg, PA
March 19, 2006; St. Francis Xavier Church, Gettysburg, PA. A workshop for El Centro's after-school program preceded the concert.
De amor y sombras/Of love and shadows
July 1, 2005; Gettysburg College Library, PA
March 19, 2005; Trinity United Methodist Church, Harrisburg, PA
March 18, 2005; Danzante (Harrisburg Hispanic Dance Studio)
Adams Country Heritage Festival, featured musical performance, September 16, 2007
Fourth Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Festival, "Putting the Neighbor in the Hood," April 29, 2006
Central Pennsylvania Early Music Festival and Open Stage Performance; June 25, 2005
Harrisburg ArtsFest, Kunkel Plaza (Main Stage), May 29, 2005
Conferences and Workshops
The International Seminar on Pre-Reformation Theology and The American Cusanus Society; Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary, October 11, 2008
Migrant Education Program, performance funded by Cultural Alliance of York County; Bermudian Springs Elementary School, June 2007
Pennsylvania Countil on the Arts Conference in conjunction with Governor's Arts Awards, October 4, 2007
First-Year Seminar, Spanish and Latin American Studies programs celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Gettysburg College, October 11, 2006
Workshop for Generación Diez (El Centro) after-school program in conjunction with concert at St. Francis Xavier Church, March 19, 2006
Workshop for the Generación Diez Culture and Dance Club and the Gettysburg College Spanish Language and Culture Camp, July 1, 2005
Interactive children's concert and workshop, Adams Country Library System Summer Reading Program; June 9, 2005
Festival of Women Composers, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; March 18, 2004. Lynn Gumert, presenter, with members of Zorzal performing.