Acis and Galatea

12/28th and 29th


As part of the Historically Informed Performances Festival (HIP), El Fuego Early Music presents: Heroes or Villains? A tale of adventurers, wanderers, settlers, and pirates from the coasts of 16th century North Carolina, through music, art, and poetry.
Before Pedro Calderon de la Barca wrote “La Vida en Sueño” (Life is a dream), Sir Walter Raleigh had composed “What is our life,” a contemplative poem about the insignificance of wealth and power compared to the inevitable human truth: death. Join us for an evening of music from the Golden Spanish era and its parallel in Elizabethan England. Together, we will revisit  the history of Sir Francis Drake's plunders, the lost colony of Roanoke and Virginia Dare, and the endless battles between the British and Spanish rulers for control of the New World. El Fuego Early Music Ensemble singers and period instruments directed by Salome Sandoval, voice and vihuela, in collaboration local artists. Art works and translations will be projected onto a screen. Music by Campion, Dowland, Morley, Fletcha, Mudarra and Fernandes.
Sunday, February 23rd 4:00 p.m. Person Hall, UNC; Chapel Hill, NC

6:00 p.m.

El Fuego (meaning ‘fire’ in Spanish) has impressed  audiences with their synthesis of early music and folk styles; their versatility as singers and multi-instrumentalists is shown in their unique repertoire from Spain and the New World colonies.  Now based in Chapel Hill, NC, Artistic Director Salomé Sandoval has received wide acclaim for singing while providing her own continuo parts on lutes and guitars; together with period instrumentalists, El Fuego creates an unusually rich sound, full of melodic and rhythmic excitement in their performance of Villancicos, Xácaras and other sacred vocal repertoire, as well as stage music, keeping the flame of little-known musical masters burning in the 21st century.

HOLIDAY 2019 CONCERTS A Tale of Divine Love and the River Spirit Acis y Galatea—A Spanish Baroque Semi-Staged Comic Opera December 28, 2019 at 4 pm - Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA December 29, 2019 at 4 pm - Methodist Church, Lakeville, CT Antonio de Líteres’s “Acis y Galatea” (1708) is a zarzuela in two acts with a libretto by José de Cañizares. The work quickly became one of the most famous of zarzuelas, the Spanish popular music-drama form that flourished in the late Baroque. Zarzuelas were a blend of sung and spoken episodes, usually performed by women actors who took both male and female roles, featuring characters that often are a mixture of gods, mythological creatures and rustic or pastoral comedy characters. This work tells of the love between mortal Acis and the sea-nymph Galatea. Líteres brilliantly weaves together Italianate da capo arias, French sung minuets, and Spanish seguidillas (sung popular dances). The singers are accompanied by traditional Baroque instruments and castanets, which give a typical Spanish flavor. A small group of ensemble singers act as a traditional ‘Greek Chorus’, commenting in fast-moving and rhythmical choruses on the dramatic action. Salomé Sandoval, mezzo soprano (Acis), Baroque guitar, percussion and co-director, Catherine Hancock, soprano (Galatea), Malina Rauschenfels, mezzo soprano (Tisbe), Roman Testroet, baritone (Momo), Tom Schindler, (Polyphemo), are joined by Crescendo’s Vocal Ensemble Singers, and period instrument players Tricia Van Oers, recorder, Christa Patton, recorder and Baroque harp, Hideki Yamaya, Baroque guitar. Christine Gevert leads this semi-staged performance from the harpsichord. $60 (Premium) / $35 (General) / $10 (under 18 years) WINTType your paragraph here.

Frank Gallery


3:00 p.m.

Sublime Love


Burning Fire!


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Heroes or Villains?


Celebrate St. Valentine with EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble! EL FUEGO presents "Burning Fire!": Cantatas and Opera Scenes by Duron, Literes and Nebra. Salomé Sandoval, voice, baroque guitar, archlute and artistic direction; Malina Rauschenfels, voice and cello; Matvey Lapin, baroque violin; Jennifer Streeter, harpsichord.  

Wednesday, February 13th, 2018; 7:30 p.m. concert at the FRANK Gallery, 201 S Estes Dr B6, Chapel Hill, NC 27514; located at the University Mall. General Audience $30, Senior and Students $20. A reception with sparkling wine, chocolate and strawberries will be served after the concert.


 EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble in collaboration with Crescendo, will present "Sublime Love", a selection of sacred and secular cantatas from the 1600s New World Colonies from Guatemalan, Peruvian and Mexican sources: Choral compositions by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco and Poetry by Mexican nun Sor Juana Inés De la Cruz (called the Shakespeare of the Spanish Golden Era in the New World). Salomé Sandoval, soprano, baroque guitar, archlute and co-artistic direction; Malina Rauschenfels, voice, violin and cello; Chirstine Gevert, organ and director of Choral Ensemble CRESCENDO. 
Friday December 28th, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at Saint James Place, 352 Main St, Great Barrington, MA 01230 and Saturday December 29th, 2018 at the Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal Church, 484 Lime Rock Rd, Lakeville, CT 06039. More info at