Hosted by the Mayor of the City of Norwalk, Harry Rilling, INTAKE’s Annual Gala Goncert has attracted audience’s attention into innovative music programming. Past repertoire has reflected and featured classical and native instruments performing traditional and classical music sharing stage in collaborative performances with the Norwalk Youth Symphony. Featured artists have included: ASOVEN Ritmo y Folklore, Alturas Duo, Marimba Unión Musical with Arthur Lipner, Mariachi Academy of Connecticut, international artist Paco Godoy, the INTAKE Ensemble, and students from the INTAKE Native Instrument Academy. Audience development partners since 2011 are: Norwalk Housing Authority, Norwalk Senior Center, Norwalk Public Schools, Venezuelan Association of Connecticut, the Ecuadorian Civic Committee of Lower Fairfield county, Grupo Quetzal de Stamford. All partners and featured artists represent the city’s largest growing local communities and celebrate Norwalk’s musical and cultural diversity.
This concert was made possible through the underwriting support of SpreadMusicNow, BeFoundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development of the State of Connecticut. “We are delighted to support this cross-cultural celebration,” said SpreadMusicNow’s director Richard Wenning, “INTAKE’s commitment to youth and community development through engagement in the universal language of music exemplifies the purpose of our investments.”
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).
Por Maricarmen Godoy, Editora Regional de noticias de La Voz Hispana de CT
Los aztecas se consideraban el pueblo elegido por el Dios Sol. Sentimiento que fue reforzado por la reforma social y religiosa de venerar a dioses y encarnaciones de la naturaleza con personalidad humana. Con los siglos esta manifestación cultural se enraíza y con la fuerza de los movimientos migratorios se trasplanta en la sociedad estadounidense donde hay asentamientos mexicanos. Hoy se recrea un encuentro de los dioses con su pueblo a través de la danza ancestral del Grupo de Danza Folklórica, Tonantzil. La Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Norwalk (NYS) interpreta el Danzón No. 2 del compositor mexicano Arturo Márquez, una obra dedicada a su hija Lily. Su obra es elogiada y reconocida a nivel mundial gracias a la batuta del famoso conductor venezolano Gustavo Dudamel y la mexicana Alondra de la Parra. Tomado del folklore urbano de México el artista ecuatoriano Paco Godoy, acompañado de la NYS interpreta grandes temas que traspasaron la frontera azteca dándole al mundo canciones universales como: La Llorona al ritmo del son Istmeño de Oaxaca; Cielito Lindo en compás de Huapango; el bolero Bésame Mucho, de la gran compositora Consuelo Velásquez y el reconocido vals peruano Alma, Corazón y Vida. La Academia de Mariachis de Connecticut, en sus voces e instrumentos nativos recrean la obra de Johann Sebastián Bach, Jesús, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Y al ritmo festivo de México interpretan La Mariquita, canción tradicional de Cocula (conocida como la tierra del Mariachi); Los Laureles, Sergio el Bailador y el Son de la Negra El INTAKE Ensemble frasea el folklore afroecuatoriano al presentar en marimba, instrumento nativo afroecuatoriano, las bombas La Banda de Peña Herrera y Mi Lindo Carpuela. Y seguidamente la Academia de Instrumentos Nativos de INTAKE, ejecutarán con instrumentación latinoamericana y europea el clásico alemán barroco Canon de Johan Pachelbel. Seguido del Credo de la Misa Campesina nicaragüense de Carlos Mejía Godoy y del folklore cubano el tradicional Yenyere Guma. Junto a la NYS y la Academia de Mariachis de Connecticut, la audiencia podrá apreciar el clásico peruano que identifica a Sur América, El Cóndor Pasa de Daniel Alomía Robles. Dejando para el gran final el emblemático himno popular mexicano, Volver, Volver.
According to Stephen Perry, advisor to the INTAKE Organization, this is a reflection of the importance of working together, with the intent of empowering national pride and exposing young musicians of the Symphony Orchestra to new cultures that are always present and sometimes get lost and forgotten in diaspora, between Norwalk and Stamford.
The concert partnership consists of Norwalk Youth Symphony’s Concert Orchestra performing classical music by master composers with the INTAKE Ensemble —comprised of professional musicians who perform on native instruments. Maestro Richard Brooks will conduct the orchestra and native instruments like the accordion, native harp, marimba and other native percussion, charango (guitarlike stringed instrument similar to the mandolin), and pan flutes. Some original scores and special arrangements will be commissioned by INTAKE’s board member and virtuoso accordionist and pianist of Ecuadoran origin, Paco Godoy, in an effort to showcase the versatility of these classical and native instruments.