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Music from New Spain

The choir at the Cathedral in Puebla, México was one of the best in North America in the 1600s. The Cathedral itself is a beautiful testament to Bishop Palafax y Mendoza’s vision of completion and restoration. After the bishop’s arrival in 1640, the much-delayed building project resumed. The cathedral was completely finished in 1690. This program is centered around music written for the Cathedral’s consecration on April 18, 1649.

Join us as we celebrate the music of Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, the Cathedral’s famed music director from 1628 to 1664. Our performance will take place in our local Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. La Grande Bande’s eight vocalists and instrumental ensemble will be joined by a group of auditioned high school-aged singers from area Catholic schools.

Pre-concert talk with scholar Luisa Vilar-Payá begins at 6:30 in Leifeld Hall (basement).

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Feb 25 2022


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
605 N. State Street, New Ulm, MN 56073