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SWC choir to perform at major Dia de los Muertos event

Thu, Oct 14 2010 02:29 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents

Southwestern College's concert choir, now in its 48th consecutive season, will present the world premiere full orchestration of composer Joseph Julian Gonzalez's "Misa Azteca" as part of the California Center for the Arts' 2010-11 season. The concert is scheduled for Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., to coincide with the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations across the region. Tickets will range from $15 to $25, with special pricing for students.

The California Center for the Arts is located in Escondido. From the South Bay, take interstate 15 north and exit right on Valley Parkway, then turn left on Escondido Boulevard. The center is located two blocks further down the road.

“Misa Azteca” is a contemporary work written in a neo-classical mass format incorporating Latin, Spanish and pre-Columbian Nahuatle texts.  It is written for orchestra, choir, soloists and pre-Colombian percussion ensemble. The mass was written exclusively for the concert choir and first performed at Southwestern College on Dec. 6, 1997, to critical acclaim.

The ensemble is comprised of 65 singers and includes members of the greater San Diego community, faculty, staff, current students and alumni. Visit the Web site at

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