Media Alert: Cantigas Presents 25th Anniversary and Farewell Concert Season

Washington, DC, October 20, 2015:  After 25 years of enriching local and international audiences with superb and unique Latino choral repertoire, Cantigas and its Founder and Artistic Director Diana Saez  bid farewell during this 2015-2016 concert season.  Founded in 1991, Cantigas has become a leading chamber chorus and one of the few in the nation that specializes in the rich and diverse music of Latin America and Spain.

A Christmas Festival: Latin Songs & Beltway Brass

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 7:00 pm, at Bethesda United Methodist Church
8300 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD  20814

Guest Artist:  Beltway Brass Quintet

Based in the contagious rhythms of the Caribbean parranda and the Mexican posada that are part of the 12-day Epiphany celebrations. The concert features Sonia Morales’s Christmas song Brillará una Estrella, for choir and brass quintet; popular bilingual sing-alongs; and American classics with The Beltway Brass Quintet.  

Crossing Borders: On Our Way To Cuba

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 7:00 pm, at First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street, NW, Washington, DC  20001

Guest Artists:  Anamer Castello, Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano & Carlos Feliciano, Puerto Rican tenor

A Cuatro Voces: Cantigas’s 25-Year Farewell Celebration

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 7:00pm


River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD  20817

Guest Artists: Javier Farías, composer and classical guitarist; Orlando Cotto, Puerto Rican percussionist; Francesca Dugarte, American ballet dancer; The Strings Avenue Quartet

After 25 exceptional years of enriching local and international audiences with the exquisite Latino choral repertoire, Cantigas and its Founder and Artistic Director Diana Sáez bid farewell with a grand celebration.  Cantigas presents the world premiere of La sangre derramada, a composition for mixed choir and classical guitar by Chilean composer Javier Farías, commissioned for this 25th Anniversary.  The composition is based on Federico García Lorca’s poem Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías.  Cantigas also performs excerpts from Romancero Gitano composed by Castelnuovo Tedesco for chorus and classical guitar, also based on poetry by Federico Garcia Lorca.  Mr. Farías will accompany Cantigas in the guitar in the performance of his own composition and in Romancero.  This grand finale also features songs for choir and string quartet: El Tren by Puerto Rican composer Jorge Figueroa, commissioned by Cantigas in 2013; and El viento en la isla composed in 2014 for Cantigas by tenor and composer Terrance Johns. Other favorites include Libertango and Adios Nonino by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla.

After the show, join us in a farewell reception to celebrate Cantigas’s extraordinary journey of cultural ambassadorship and musical excellence.

Auditions for 2015-2016 Season for All Voices

Are you interested in singing with a unique chorus? We are the only choir in the Washington, DC area that specializes in the choral repertoire of Latin America and Spain from all historical periods and styles. We are looking for talented singers. 

Requirements: previous choral experience, sight reading skills, and a good attitude. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings. 
To schedule an audition call 301-230-1361. Visit our auditions page for more information.
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