Choruses of UC Davis: "An American Holiday"
featuring Alturas Duo
Scott Hill, guitar
Carlos Boltes, churrango and viola
Gonzalo Cortés, Andean woodwinds
With the guest ensemble Alturas Duo, the Choruses of UC Davis and Nicolás Dosman bring the rhythms and holiday vocal traditions of the Americas (both Southern America and Northern America) to Davis. Works include “Navidad Nuestra” by Ariel Ramírez (an Andean influenced folk telling of the nativity story), Aaron Copland’s “Zion’s Walls” (drawn from Appalachian America’s hymnal traditions), and “Abreme la Puerta” (a traditional Christmastime song from Puerto Rico).
The award-winning Alturas Duo (along with Andean flute and woodwind specialist Gonzalo Cortés) delight working with orchestras and choral ensembles, and collaborating with composers in creating new and interesting repertoire. Bringing together the worlds of South American folk, western classical, and contemporary music, guitarist Scott Hill and violist and charango player Carlos Boltes have performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as well as Central and South America to great acclaim. Praised by The Washington Post as playing with “marvelous virtuosity,” Alturas Duo takes its name from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s poem, Alturas de Macchu Picchu. The English translation for Alturas means “heights.”