The Last Conquistador


October 26th


​7:30 p.m.



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EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble 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 in Chapel Hill, NC 27510. General Audience $15, Senior and Students $10.

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

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, Sarah Lodico Wines and Robbie Link viols; Charles Wines, winds; Laura Grimaldi, percussion.

This October, explore with us the world of Juan de Oñate: visionary or mass murder? 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.




The Last Conquistador

Burning Fire!


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.