Schola Cantorum Coralina – Music of Cuba

Schola Cantorum Coralina
Sunday, October 28 – 2 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church (Annapolis)

Spend a sizzling Sunday afternoon with this group of professional singers from Cuba as they make their only regional/Annapolis appearance with a concert celebrating the folk and popular music of their home country and of Latin America.

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Schola Cantorum Coralina, under the direction of Alina Orraca, is an ward-winning mixed choir from Cuba made up of highly trained full-time professional musicians.  They are internationally known for the virtuosity, dynamism, humor and emotion of their performances, and for the great musical outreach work they do, especially focused on children.  Their repertoire ranges from Renaissance to contemporary music, and features the rich heritage of folk and popular music of Cuba and Latin America.

Schola Cantorum Coralina was founded in 1993 by Professor Alina Orraca under the sponsorship of the Pablo Milanes Foundation. The choir made up of highly trained full-time musicians that who maintain a rigourous rehearsal schedule of 5 nights a week. Coralina is a member of the Catalogue of Artists of the National Center of Concert Music of Cuba, signifying its selection as one of the most prestigious Cuban choirs.

CORALINA is renowned for the versatility of its style and its ability to authentically perform in the most varied of musical forms. The choir is also highly regarded and has received numerous awards in international competitions for its mastery of different areas of its diversified repertory, which ranges from Renaissance fare to contemporary music, including sacred, popular and folk Cuban, Latin American and Universal pieces. The choir also takes part in choral symphonic projects. Coralina’s performances are full of virtuosity, dynamism, humor, emotion and “Cubaness”, providing enjoyment to audiences of varied tastes wherever its music is heard. This is confirmed by Coralina’s top honors at the world’s most prestigious festivals and competitions, including victories and honors in Toulouse 2004, Trelew 2005, Arezzo 2006, and their place as a finalist in 2007’s European Grand Prix and an invitation to the 8th World Symposium on Choral Music in Denmark 2008. Coralina has received a warm reception from critics and audiences worldwide. They have made many international concert tours: Venezuela (1994, 2005, 2007), Brazil (1997), Italy (2001, 2006, 2007), Mexico (2004), Ecuador (2004), Argentina-Chile (2005), Spain (1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007) and France (2006, 2007). The choir was honored to perform Mass during the historic visit of Pope John Paul II to Cuba, and was invited on two subsequent occasions to sing at the Vatican (1998, 2001). Coralina also sang the Funeral Mass offered in Havana after the death of the Pope. The group has joined with different musicians from Cuba and abroad in large-scale symphonic and choral works. They have release six commercially available CDs.
Coralina’s work is also designed to attract children to music and awake their sensibility and appreciation of art by training them in choral singing. Thus, some of its members conduct children’s choir of boys and girls from the Havana community (called “cantorias”) with the only admission requirement being an interest in singing. Coralina is committed to both its art and to service to its greater community.