Conceptio Gloriosae
Baroque Music in Latin America

Wade Davis

Ruben Valenzuela
Guest Conductor

Friday, April 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Live! at 10th & G
Washington, DC

Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Alexandria, VA

Sacred Polyphony and Villancicos
Works by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Francisco López Capillas, Antonio de Salazar, and Juan de Araujo.

For those who haven’t experienced music of the Latin American Baroque, it’s nothing short of a revelation! Exuberance and energy spring from a dynamic fusion of Italian and Iberian style with brilliant native inflections of language, harmony, and rhythm.


Crossley Danielle Hawn & Sara MacKimmie, sopranos; Kristen Dubenion-Smith & Sylvia Leith, altos; Matthew Hill & Jacob Perry, Jr., tenors; Mark Duer & Ian Pomerantz, basses


William Simms, guitar & theorbo; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Michelle Humphreys, percussion; Paula Maust, organ

Read the program notes

Running time approximately 65 minutes, no intermission

Jill Kent and Mark Solomons, underwriters


Ruben Valenzuela is the Founder and Artistic Director of Bach Collegium San Diego (BCSD). As a conductor and keyboardist, he has led BCSD in notable performances of music of the Renaissance, early and high Baroque, early Classical period, as well as music of the twentieth century. Valenzuela’s performances have been described as “dramatic,” “vibrant,” and “able to unlock the true power of Baroque music” (San Diego Story). Under Valenzuela’s leadership, BCSD has achieved international acclaim through virtuosic performances of iconic repertoire, as well as lesser-known works.

In addition to his work with BCSD, Valenzuela is regularly called upon as a guest director. Notable guest engagements include Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, New York City; Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium at Boston University; Bach at Emmanuel Church, Boston; and most recently Juilliard415 at Lincoln Center, New York City.

Valenzuela holds a PhD in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University and is the Director of Music & Organist of All Souls’ Episcopal Church, San Diego.


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