During the Spanish conquest, Spain achieved a peak of musical creativity, and the fruits of its labor traveled to colonies in the new world. As a result, music in these regions evolved from ancient, indigenous roots into something new and contemporary.
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, a native son of Peru, presents “The Sights and Sounds of the Inka Trail,” a multidisciplinary presentation about the music of South American regions connected by the great Inka Trail during the era of Spanish colonization at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium in Santa Fe.
Utilizing historical photography, audio, video, and testimonies of music professionals worldwide, Harth-Bedoya brings to life the sights and sounds of this vibrant historical period.
“The Sights and Sounds of the Inka Trail” is part of the exhibit, Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World. Admission is free. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Santa Fe Opera-goers will recognize Harth-Bedoya as the conductor of this year’s world-premiere performance of Jennifer Higdon’s opera, Cold Mountain. A distinguished conductor, presenter, and Grammy-nominated recording artist, he is the music director of the Fort Worth Symphony and chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
Harth-Bedoya is also the founder and artistic director of Caminos del Inka, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the Americas. The organization’s multimedia orchestral program, Caminos del Inka: A Musical Journey, was premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and also performed by the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Grant Park Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, and worldwide by the Leipzig Radio Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and the Residentie Orkest in The Hague.
Harth-Bedoya’s opera productions include La bohème at English National Opera directed by Jonathan Miller (which was released on DVD by the Kultur label); Barber of Seville with the Canadian Opera Company; Tosca and Un Ballo in Maschera for Minnesota Opera; and productions of Golijov’s Ainadamar with the Cincinnati Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and last season at the New Zealand Festival.
He makes his home in Fort Worth with his wife Maritza and their three children, Elena, Emilio, and Elisa. For more information, visit miguelharth-bedoya.com.
Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World is an exhibition of exquisite colonial-era masterpieces that reveal the role of faith in Spain’s American outposts and the creation of New Mexico-specific artists: the santeros. The exhibit features works from Spain’s three colonial capitals: Mexico City; Cuzco, Peru; and Santa Fe. It is on exhibit through March 13, 2016.