By Maricarmen Godoy, Regional News Editor for La Voz Hispana de CT newspaper
The Aztecs considered themselves to be the chosen people by the Sun God. This sentiment was reinforced by the social and religious reform venerating gods and their incarnations through nature and human personalities. Over the centuries, this cultural event was rooted by the strength of Mexican migration and its transplant into American society. Today, we are recreating an encounter between gods through the ancestral performance of Folkloric Dance Group, Tonantzil. The Norwalk Youth Symphony Orchestra (NYS) performs Danzón No. 2 by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, a piece dedicated to his daughter Lily. His work are praised by critics and were recognized worldwide, largely, thanks to the programming by famed Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel and Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra. Taking from Mexico’s urban folklore, artist Paco Godoy from Ecuador is joined by the NYS and performs major themes which crossed the Aztec cultural lines and gave the world universal songs like La Llorona (The Crying Lady), in the style of a són (a type of dance) from Oaxaca; Cielito Lindo (Beautiful little sky) in a Huapango style; a bolero, Bésame Mucho (Kiss me, A lot), by the great composer Consuelo Velasquez; and the renowned Peruvian waltz Alma, Corazón y Vida. The Mariachi Academy of Connecticut, in their own voices and native instruments perform the piece by J. S Bach, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and bring the festive beats of Mexico’s music through La Mariquita (Little Mary), a traditional song from Cocula, known as the Land of the mariachis; Los Laureles (The Evergreen/Laurel tree); Sergio el Bailador (Sergio, the Dancer) and Són de La Negra (a melody we will all recognize immediately). The INTAKE Ensemble will present the AfroEcuadorian marimba rhythms, in a genre and style known as «Bomba» (a dance that translates to a festive ‘bomb’). Followed by Credo (Creed) from Misa Campesina (Paesant’s Mass) by Nicaraguan composer Carlos Mejía Godoy, and the Cuban upbeat traditional Yenyere Guma. Native and European instrumentation will be used to perform the baroque piece, Canon in D by Johan Pachelbel. For a grand finale, the Mariachi Academy, NYS and INTAKE Youth and professional Ensembles will perform the Peruvian classic that identifies South American people, El Cóndor Pasa (If I could, the English version made famous by Simon and Garfunkel) by composer Alomía Daniel Robles. Closing the concert with the iconic Mexican tune Volver, Volver (To return).