By Marie Moébius
Do you know the children’s Chorus of the Biblioteca? Since 2010, the childrens’ chorus has provided a quality musical education using the art form of song. Today, the chorus brings together 22 children from 7 to 18 years old. The group meets twice a week for sessions of 3 hours in the Sala Quetzal at the Biblioteca. The chorus is directed by Ramiro Granados Ramirez, a graduate from the music school of the University of Guanajuato, founder of the pipe organ festival in San Miguel, and organist of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. The children sing a repertory of sacred music, as well as Mexican and Latin-American traditional songs.
Participation in a chorus has many benefits: beside the musical training, the young singers receive the experience of working as a team. The sense of comradeship is at the core of the chorus of the Biblioteca. Professor Granados has managed to create a strong connection between the singers. The concerts given by the Childrens’ Chorus of the Biblioteca Publica are a delight to your ears and heart; it is a testimony of the harmony that a diverse group of people can reach when they are moved by art, work and joy.
On Sunday November 28th, the Chorus of the Biblioteca gave the first presentation of a new special program of free public concerts in rural areas in the church of Puerto de Nieto, a community located 30 minutes away from Centro, on the road to Querétaro. This concert was extremely well received by the inhabitants of the community: 100 persons enjoyed one hour of classical music performed by our chorus and 2 professional musicians (piano and flute). The next scheduled concert of this series took place in the village of Guadalupe de Tambula on December 9.
By organizing those outings, we have 3 goals. First, we want to offer to the audience of rural communities the joy of beautiful music. We know that the population who lives far from downtown has little to no access to cultural activity. We also want to challenge our young singers and give them more experience “on stage”. Finally we want the public from distant communities to know more about the many free activities of the Biblioteca, and eventually inspire them to take part in them.
The Foundation Little Things Matter recognized in this program a high community impact and decided to support the Biblioteca to organize that series of 5 concerts in rural areas, to be scheduled between November 2021 and June 2022. The Biblioteca is grateful for this support that allows us to fulfill our mission of providing cultural activities available to everyone in our community.
If you also want to be part of the wonderful group of young singers of the Biblioteca, you are just on time! Inscriptions to the Children chorus are open now. Get all the information you need directly at the Biblioteca, on our Facebook page, or contact Alondra (firstname.lastname@example.org).