Cantigas on Its a Woman's World

Cantigas is featured on the show It's a Woman's World with Carolyn Bruna! Watch this great interview with Artistic Director Diana Sáez and help support Cantigas's mission. If you like the video please share it!  

Cantigas to perform El cant dels ocells by Pablo Casals

As part of Cantigas's upcoming spring concert, Gypsy Romance: Songs, Poems & Castanets of Spain, Cantigas will interpret a choral version of El Cant dels Ocells (The Song of the Birds.) This beautiful and melancholic Catalonian song was made popular by the renowned 20th century, Spanish musician, Pablo Casals, after he went into exile from Spain's dictatorship. Casals was one of the greatest cellists of all time and an ardent supporter of democracy.

Cantigas Performance at The Kennedy Center - Watch Video

On December 16th, 2012, Cantigas performed a holiday concert at The Kennedy Center. This holiday concert features a festive array of holiday songs from Latin America, Spain, and the U.S. Watch the concert video from The Kennedy Center

Cantigas to Perform in Star-Studded Concert, "Latino Inaugural 2013," at The Kennedy Center, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 7PM, Hosted by Eva Longoria

Washington, DC, Jan. 17, 2013:  Leading chamber choir Cantigas has been invited and is honored to participate in the Kennedy Center's star-studded Latino Inaugural 2013 concert honoring the President of the United States. Hosted by actress Eva Longoria, and featuring legendary Latino artists, the concert will take place this Sunday, January 20th, 2013 at 7pm. "We are both humbled and thrilled to honor the President and share the stage with our colleagues who have blazed the trail for Latino artists in this country," says Cantigas Artistic Director Diana Sáez. The slate of entertainers includes Raúl Esparza, José Feliciano, Juan Diego Flórez, Antonio Banderas, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Robert Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Ballet Hispanico, Coral Cantigas, Coro de Niños de San Juan, the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra. The Kennedy Center is located on the bank of the Potomac River at 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20566. For more information about the event, go to:

Director's Blog: Singing "El Pendon Estrellado", the National Anthem en español for the Smithsonian

Editor’s Note: Cantigas was asked by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to interpret “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Spanish based on the work of Clotilde Arias, whose life is explored in the Museum’s new exhibition, Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias. Arias was commissioned by the U.S. State Department to translate the national anthem into a Spanish version that could be sung to the original tune in 1945. Aristic Director Diana Sáez talks about the experience.

Cantigas to Perform Official Translation of US National Anthem in Spanish

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, Cantigas will proudly perform what is believed to be the premiere of Clotilde Arias' translation of the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Spanish, at 2:00pm, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The Smithsonian commissioned Cantigas's performance and recording of the song for its new exhibition "Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias," a biographical look at the Peruvian-born composer, copywriter, translator and citizen’s contributions to U.S.

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.

Cantigas receives grant support from the MSAC and the AHCMC

Cantigas is proud to announce that the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) have awarded Cantigas grants for Fiscal Year 2013.  We are very grateful to the MSAC and the AHCMC for their support; it will help us fulfill our mission to increase awareness and appreciation of the Latin American choral repertoire.  This is not the first time the MSAC and the AHCMC have sponsored Cantigas's programs and activities, and we are indeed honored by their continued support. 

In the news: Cantigas concert introduced neglected choral treasures

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April 1, 2012

Much concern is often expressed about the absence of music by African American composers in our nation's major concert halls. On yesterday afternoon, Cantigas, DC's premiere Latino chorus unearthed a treasure chest of choral works that ranged from sacred works to concert folk arrangements by Latin composers.  Perhaps, these composers are stereotyped and neglected just as much as the concert works of African American composers-if not more.


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