Traveling to Bolivia
10th Festival Internacional de Música Renacentista y Barroca Americana “Misiones de Chiquitos”
Next month I will be traveling for the first time to South America, Bolivia specifically. Last fall, while on tour, The Rose Ensemble received an invitation by the US Embassy in La Paz to perform at the Festival Internacional de Musica Renacentista y Barroca America “Misiones de Chiquitos.” If you don’t know anything about this international festival, I’ll do my best to give you a little history.
Over 800 musicians from Europe and Latin America take part in approximately one hundred concerts. Each year, more than 100,000 people attend and enjoy the festival, which takes place in eleven municipalities in the region of Santa Cruz., Bolivia. These concerts provide an opportunity for social entrepreneurs, government officials and business leaders to build bridges and alliances in a relaxing and enjoyable setting. –
The festival is unique because it celebrates a vibrant and dynamic cultural heritage in the towns where it originated and is still maintained. For the musicians, the festival allows them to step back through history to a time brimming with historical and cultural significance. Oftentimes the music they perform was composed or arranged by natives of the area, for whom this music plays a fundamental role in their cultural identification. Each festival is accompanied by a scientific conference, the International Symposium of Musicology (ECSIM), in which historians, researchers, and musicologists discuss topics relevant to ancient music. APAC’s Publishing Fund disseminates everything presented throughout the ECSIM.
The Festival runs April 24-May 4th. The Rose Ensemble’s participation will be on April 27th, 28th, 30th. See my calendar for details!
I look forward to sharing photos from our week in Bolivia!