The Last Conquistador

Sublime Love

Frank Gallery

6:00 p.m.

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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.

The Last Conquistador


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EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble presents "The last Conquistador" (The last Conqueror): narrative, music, poetry and art from Spain's Golden Age and New Spain colonies (Today's Mexico and New Mexico), surrounding the time of Juan de Oñate y Salazar (1550–1626). Salomé Sandoval, voice, vihuela, baroque guitar and artistic direction; Roman Testroet, voice; Molly Barnes, and Sarah Lodico Wines viols; Charles Wines, winds; Laura Grimaldi, percussion. Special guest performer: Robbie Link, bass viol.

This October, explore the world of Juan de Oñate with us: visionary or mass murderer? Sacred and Secular Polyphony by Gaspar Fernandes, Romances by Lope de Vega and the following traditions in Liturgical and Secular plays. Are you up for an adventure?

Friday, October 26th, 2018; 7:30 p.m. concert at the Carrboro Century Center, Century Hall. 100 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro, NC 27510. Parking in adjacent Public lots. General Audience $15, Senior and Students $10.


October 26th


​7:30 p.m.


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 Raushcenfels, voice and violin; Matvey Lapin, baroque violin; Sarah Lodico Wines, baroque cello; Charles Wines, winds; 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. Translations and art were projected onto a screen. 
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 http://worldclassmusic.org/

March 2015:  EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble (Salomé Sandoval, soprano, baroque guitar, archlute and artistic direction; Tamsin Simmill, mezzo-soprano; Matvey Lapin and Allison Willet, violins; Tamsin Simmill, mezzo-soprano; Jackie Nappi, organ & harpsichord)
“Miserere” A sacred Spanish Baroque Cantata by José de Nebra (1702-1768) and his contemporaries. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Durham, NC. Lecture on the iconography of Christ crucified previous to the concert.


El Fuego is officially a 501c3 non-profit now! Please ask how you can get you tax-deductible donation at elfuegofire@gmail.com


3:00 p.m.