Music Napa Valley
La Fiesta de la Posada
Dec. 2, 3pm
Napa, CA – Forget about the catalogs, sales and “seasonal affective disorder.” For a healthy dose of joy, love, peace, family and friends, don’t miss La Fiesta de la Posada, an exciting holiday choral concert, sung on the Main Stage of the NVC Performing Arts Center on Dec. 2 at 3:00 p.m.
Presented by Music Napa Valley at Napa Valley College (NVC), the concert will feature the Napa Valley College Chorale with special guests: the Napa Valley Children’s Chorus. The centerpiece will be La Posada, a musical depiction of the holy family’s journey, leading to the birth of Jesus in a manger. A true family event, the afternoon concert will culminate in a joyous celebration in the Paul Ash Lobby, complete with piñatas and candy for the children.
You will be greeted by music in the lobby, representing different winter and holiday themes. In the first part of the concert, the Children’s Chorus will sing traditional American and spiritual folksongs, including How Many Miles to Bethlehem?, Cherries So Ripe, The Riddle Song, Sevinon and Rise Up Shepherds and Follow. The 21-member chorus, directed by Kim Markovich, is a beginning-level chorus for third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students who attend schools throughout the Napa Valley.
In the second part, the children’s chorus will be joined by the 52-member Napa Valley College Chorale in singing La Posada. While many composers have visited the subject of la posada over the years, Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes, Professor of Music and Director of the NVC College Chorale, has chosen the version by famed composer and jazz pianist Dave Brubeck.
Wilkes explains, “It is the perfect way to celebrate the community spirit of the holiday season. The music is rhythmically rousing with a variety of styles and a mixture of vocal color, including solo sections. The combination of the purity of the children’s voices and mature rich sounds of the large College Chorale create a rich choral experience.”
Brubeck said of the piece, “I have absorbed and observed Mexican folk music all my life. It reflects the qualities I most admire in a people… dignity in moments of tragedy, infectious high spirits in moments of joy, an unshakable religious faith, and a deep respect for the shared values of one’s own group — family, church, village.”
After the climactic finale of La Posada, the children in the audience and onstage will be treated to piñatas and candy in the Paul Ash Lobby.
The singers are accompanied by an outstanding group of musicians: Trumpeters Larrie Dastrup and Kurt Nystrom, guitarist Gordon Lustig, bassist Elaine Herrick, pianist Mark Osten, percussionists Doug Knoll and Brian Simpson and special guest, jazz pianist Michael Parsons.
The NVC Music Department is dedicating La Fiesta de la Posada to Margie Cadelago, a singer and music educator who throughout her life and career shared her passion for music with family, students and the Napa community. We are pleased to say that Margie’s daughter, Angela Cadelago, will be singing the role of the Virgin Mary in La Posada.
Like Margie herself, this is a concert filled with beauty, love, joy, good will and lots of fun! All ages are welcome.
Tickets for La Fiesta de la Posada are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors/students/military personnel. The Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy. in Napa. For more information or to buy tickets, please call the NVC box office at 707-256-7500, or visit us online at www.musicnapavalley.org.
A bit of additional info:
La Posada depicts Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging on the eve of her confinement, and is enacted from December 16 to Christmas Eve throughout Latin American and in our own Southwest. Details vary from region to region, but certain essentials remain wherever the custom is observed. Children, always an important part of the festivities, join with adults to form a torch and lantern procession. As the procession wends through the streets singing, participants knock at various doors along the route. Each time they are turned away with the cruel words, “There is no room,” until the procession arrives at the appointed home or church. Then, the doors are flung wide in the spirit of Christmas, and the celebration begins with the telling of the Christmas story. The unvarying finale of the celebration is the introduction of the piñata.