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María Guinand Leads a Cultural Musical Journey, From Bach to Spain and Latin America

María Guinand, internationally lauded director of the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, joins Seraphic Fire to weave a program that contrasts the heavenly love of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude with secular, Spanish-language Renaissance and contemporary works on earthly themes of humor, desire, and the sea. Disparity and contradiction are on display in this thought-provoking program.

“Maestra Guinand has been a champion for music writ large in South America, and she has brought that passion to her work in the US. She is absolutely the #1 person for this repertoire, and we wanted the best.” Patrick Dupre Quigley, Artistic Director, Seraphic Fire

“I think in the world today, choral music is an art that can bring not only beauty through music and singing, but also creativity, joy, and openness,” said Maestra Guinand. “It can build bridges, which we need very much to build bridges between cultures and human beings to keep living on this planet in the best possible way. And I think Miami is a place of encounter of various cultures that will allow many people coming from different places to feel represented somehow; to feel that they have a voice also in the program. So, this is very important for me.”


Wed, Mar 22, 7:30 pm | Miami | St. Sophia Orthodox

Thu, Mar 23, 7:00 pm | Naples | Vanderbilt Presbyterian

Fri, Mar 24, 7:30 pm | Coral Gables | St. Philip’s Episcopal

Sat, Mar 25, 7:30 pm | Ft. Lauderdale | All Saints Episcopal

Sun, Mar 26, 4:00 pm | Miami Beach | All Souls Episcopal


Bach, Johann Sebastian Jesu meine Freude, BWV 227

Calcaño, José Antonio Evohé

Carreño, Inocente Pregúntale a ese mar

Castellanos, Gonzalo Al mar anochecido

del Encina, Juan Cucú, Cucú

Flecha, Mateo “El Viejo” La Bomba

Flecha, Mateo Teresica Hermana

Galíndez, Otilio Caramba mi amor

Guerrero, Francisco Claros y hermosos ojos

Grau, Alberto Guararé

Gavilán, Guido López El Guayaboso

Oltra, Manuel Tres Canciones de Amor

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More on María Guinan

María Guinand is Artistic Director of Schola Cantorum of Venezuela and conducts choral projects throughout Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Asia. Renowned as an authentic interpreter and trainer of Latin American choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries, she is a recipient of the Helmuth Rilling Preis (2009), the Robert Edler Preis für Chormusik (2000), and the Kulturpreis of the InterNationes Foundation (1998), three of the most distinguished prizes in choral music conducting.

Currently, she conducts two of Venezuela’s most prestigious choirs, the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and the Cantoría Alberto Grau, with both of whom she has toured extensively and won many awards.

Always interested in new choral music, she has been involved in projects such as the premieres, performances, and recordings of Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos and John Adams’ A Flowering Tree.

For over three decades, María Guinand has been the Associate Conductor and Advisor of Choral Symphonic Performances and Activities for El Sistema (FESNOJIV), the world-renowned music program in Venezuela.

She teaches in the Master Degree Program for Choral Conductors at the University Simón Bolívar, where she has been a professor and conductor for 28 years.

As a choral promoter and Director of the Schola Cantorum of Venezuela Foundation, she contributes to the permanent establishment of choral music centers for children and youths of disadvantaged backgrounds in Venezuela and other Andean countries.

As conductor of the Polar Foundation Choir, she has actively contributed to the development of choral music in private enterprises.

More on About Seraphic Fire

Seraphic Fire brings together professional vocal and instrumental artists from around the US and internationally to perform and record repertoire ranging from medieval chant and Baroque masterpieces to commissions by leading living composers.

Seraphic Fire’s artistic accomplishments also have translated to partnerships with The Cleveland Orchestra and New World Symphony, among others. At the forefront of Seraphic Fire’s mission is a commitment to community well-being and musician advancement through educational programs for South Florida’s underserved elementary students, as well as rising music professionals at University of Miami, Florida International University, UCLA, and the Aspen Music Festival.

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By ML staff. Courtesy of Seraphic Fire.


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