Update: Due to a conflict with the Santa Fe Opera, the original time for this event, Aug. 13, had to be canceled. Miguel Harth-Bedoya graciously offered to move it to 2 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 12, to ensure it happens.
During the Spanish conquest, Spain was at its peak of musical creativity, and the fruits of its labor were naturally transplanted to colonies in the new world. As a result, music in these regions evolved and assimilated from its ancient, indigenous roots into something new and contemporary for the time.
On Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 2 pm in the History Museum auditorium, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, a native son of Peru, presents a multidisciplinary presentation about the music of South American regions connected by the great Inka Trail during the era of Spanish colonization (16th–18th centuries). Utilizing historically informed 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 1:30 pm.
A distinguished conductor, presenter, and Grammy-nominated recording artist, Miguel Harth-Bedoya is the music director of the Fort Worth Symphony and chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. He also conducts the world-premiere performances of Jennifer Higdon’s opera, Cold Mountain, at the Santa Fe Opera in August 2015. Harth-Bedoya is also the founder and artistic director of Caminos del Inka, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the Americas.
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For more information, contact the New Mexico History Museum at 505 476-5200