Houston Camerata presents All Saint's Day Celebration: An Afro Brazilian Mass
Our Sacred concert explores music from Brazil and the United States including the performance of Missa-Afro Brasileira, composed in 1971 by Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca. This mass features African rhythms mixed with Brazilian folk songs in both Latin and Portuguese throughout its five movements.
The composer’s artistic aim was to write a piece that would use traditional and popular elements in an attempt to change the views among the clergy and the laypeople regarding the fusion of sacred and secular music. He conveyed in the music the mixture of cultures in Brazil — and specifically the religious feelings of that country — that are rooted in the uniquely Brazilian combination of European and African beliefs.
The mass features Amanda Kingston-Beetle, soprano; Michelle Rice, mezzo-soprano; Kerry Jennings, tenor; and Charles Stanton, baritone.