Angelita Romero Series: An Evening of Vocal Music from the Spanish Renaissance and Beyond

Department of Music
Angelita Romero Distinguished Lecture Series on Spanish Music and Culture: Music in the time of Ferdinand and Isabel

Walter Aaron Clark, coordinator

An Evening of Vocal Music from the Spanish Renaissance and Beyond: Sephardic, Arabic, and Christian Traditions
This concert celebrates the diverse cultural legacy of Spain from the Renaissance to the 20th century, focusing on vocal works reflecting the heritage of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on the Iberian Peninsula.  Colombian-Spanish soprano Patricia Caicedo graces our stage once again performing a selection of 20th-century Sephardic songs by various composers, accompanied by our very own Gary Barnett on piano.  The program continues with the UCR Chamber Singers interpreting a wide variety of sacred and secular masterpieces with Latin, Spanish, Ladino, and even Arabic lyrics.  Prof. Rogerio Budasz will provide accompaniment on the vihuela.  

November 9, 2018
8:00 P.M. Concert (Doors open at 7:15 P.M.)
Performance Lab, ARTS 166  
Free and open to the public.
Though admission is free, a ticket is required. One ticket per person will be distributed at the venue one hour before the concert. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking: Complimentary permits available at the Kiosk.
Information: (951) 827-3245


An Evening of Vocal Music from the Spanish Renaissance and Beyond:  Sephardic, Arabic, and Christian Traditions

Patricia Caicedo, soprano, and Gary Barnett, piano

Alberto Hemsi (Turkish, 1898-1975)
Durme, durme hermoza donzella….

Aita Donostia (Spanish, 1886-1956)
Pájaro de hermosura

Joaquín Nin-Culmell (Cuban-American, 1908-2004)
Ya salió de la mar

Joaquín Rodrigo (Spanish, 1901-99)
De las Cuatro canciones canciones sefardíes
Una pastora yo amí
Nani, nani
Morena me llaman

Manuel García Morante (Catalan, 1937)  
La rosa enflorece
Yo me enamorí de un aire
Una tadre fresquita de mayo
Hija mia, mi querida


UCR Chamber Singers, directed by Ruth Charloff
Rogerio Budasz, vihuela
Owain Graham, percussion

Prado verde y florido    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)     
DinDirinDin                     Anonymous     
Ríu, ríu, chíu                   Anonymous
Cucú, cucú                      Juan del Encina (1468-1530)
O quam gloriosum        Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)    
O magnum mysterium          
Lamma Badaa Yatathanna  arr. Shireen Abu-Khader (b. 1972)
Durme, durme               arr. Alice Parker (b. 1925)  
Adijo, Kerida                   arr. Joshua Jacobson (b. 1948)   

Cuando el rey Nimrod   arr. Sid Robinovitch (b. 1942)

Patricia Caicedo
A multifaceted artist, soprano Patricia Caicedo is one of the leading interpreters of the Iberian and Latin American Art Song Repertoire, having sung in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Russia, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Latin America to public and critical acclaim.  She has recorded eight CDs dedicated to the Latin American & Iberian Repertoire and published six books. She is the founder and director of the Barcelona Festival of Song®, a 10-day Summer Course & performance series on the history and interpretation of the Latin American and Spanish Vocal repertoire. Patricia holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Medical Doctor´s degree from the Escuela Colombiana de Medicina.

Gary Barnett is a lecturer in undergraduate music theory and music skills at the University of California, Riverside. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Riverside, and a DMA in piano performance from the University of Kansas. His research and performance interests are devoted to keyboard literature from diverse eras and styles with an emphasis on piano music of living composers. Barnett has performed as a keyboard soloist and collaborative artist in the Russian Federation, Singapore, the United States, Latin America, Europe and the United Kingdom. In Southern California, concerts include the Culver Center for the Arts, California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles Community College, among others.    

Angelita Romero Distinguished Lecture Series on Spanish Music and Culture is named after the matriarch of the celebrated Romero family of guitarists, who arrived in the US from Spain in 1957 and quickly established themselves as an exciting and innovative presence in the world of classical music.  Angelita Romero (1910-1999) was a gifted maestra of the castanets and devotee not only of Spanish music but also art and literature.  This series honors her memory by featuring speakers whose research examines the long and rich heritage of Spanish music within its socio-cultural and historical context.  

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music (CILAM) was established at the UC Riverside in 2004 to foster research and performance in an interdisciplinary spirit, embracing the entire musical heritage of Iberia and Latin America. In addition to the Romero lecture series, the Center’s activities include maintaining an educational website,, and an online scholarly journal, Diagonal: An Ibero-American Music Review; sponsoring the annual Otto Mayer-Serra competition for research on Iberian and Latin American music; and organizing annual Encuentros/Encounters, featuring concerts and lectures dealing with a particular aspect of Iberian or Latin American music.  

Walter Aaron Clark, CILAM director and organizer of this year's Encuentro, earned a Ph.D. in musicology from UCLA, where he wrote his dissertation under the direction of the late Robert M. Stevenson. He is the author of books on Spanish composers Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and Federico Moreno Torroba, all published by Oxford University Press.  He is also the editor or co-editor of several other books on Spanish and Latin American music.  Founding editor of the Oxford series Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music (2005-2016), he is now editor-in-chief of the UC refereed online journal Diagonal:  An Ibero-American Music Review.  He is the author and editor of numerous books on Spanish and Latin American Music, including Oxford biographies of Albéniz, Granados, and Torroba.  His book on the Romero family of guitarists just appeared from University of Illinois Press. In 2016, King Felipe VI of Spain awarded him the title Knight Commander of the Order of Isabel the Catholic.

This concert is made possible by generous financial support from the UC Riverside College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Office and the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music.




Friday, November 9 at 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Arts Building, Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Alumni, Transfer Students, General Public


Free and Open to the Public

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