On Wednesday, Nov. 7 the celebrated Cuban choir Schola Cantorum Coralina will perform at Grinnell College's Sebring-Lewis Hall at 7:30 p.m. Alina Orraca, founder of the choir, will conduct the concert.
Schola Cantorum Coralina is an award-winning mixed choir founded in 1993 by Alina Orraca under the sponsorship of the Pablo Milanes Foundation. Schola Cantorum Coralina is a part of the Catalogue of Artists of the National Center of Concert Music of Cuba, signifying its selection as one of the most prestigious Cuban choirs. In addition to their concert, members of the choir will participate in an open forum titled "Cultural Diplomacy: An Open Discussion with Cuban Musicians." The event is also on Wednesday, Nov. 7 and will be in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center at 4:15 p.m. in Room 101.
John Rommereim, Blanche Johnson Professor of Music, speaks of his initial encounter with the choir, "During my recent visit to Cuba as part of a delegation from the American Choral Conductors Association, I had the opportunity to hear one of the country's most outstanding choirs, Schola Cantorum Coralina, and I had the opportunity to become acquainted with the conductor, Alina Orraca. Ms. Orraca is one of Cuba's most highly regarded conductors." In addition, the choir is renowned for the versatility of its style and its ability to authentically perform in the most diverse of musical forms, from Renaissance fare to contemporary music. Schola Cantorum Coralina's performances are full of virtuosity, dynamism, humor, emotion and "Cubaness", providing enjoyment to audiences of varied tastes wherever its music is heard.
The choir will have an open rehearsal with the Grinnell Singers on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall, along with workshops in the high school and middle school. The choir will be housed in local homes. Anyone interested in hosting members of the choir can contact Jean Ketter at ketter[at]grinnell[dot]edu or 641-269-4871.
The event is open to the public at no charge, but tickets are required. Ticket information is available on the college website.
Sebring-Lewis Hall is located in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts at 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.
Cuban choir Schola Cantorum Coralina. Photo courtesy of Alina Orraca, founder