2013, or El año de Fe, the “Year of Faith” turned out to be just that. After an exhausting summer in 2012 facing many hardships, our project turned the corner, just as if we had reach O’Cebrerio on el Camino Francaise.
We experienced raging storms and a power outage mid-concert only to have the it finish with candle power and pilgrim iPhones lighting the way. A gracious local government giving us support just when we needed it most.. and a world famous composer writing a two movement work for us.. just us ! A world premier of the work “Recuerdos del Camino” in a thousand year old church, and a capacity crowd of locals to show their support and pride in their community. Brilliant artists, new possibilities, and a surprise for the future? 227 concerts to date, all free to the public, and all for that personal journey that is a Camino. We are worthy of the trust placed in us!
We will be resuming more frequent posts beginning in April, when a new chapter in el Camino de Santiago is being written. A dream… a place of rapture… a place to learn… a piece of history… and new works of sacred art. Come and join us sometime this year. Our season of concerts will run from June-October 1, 2014. Another world premier will be held in the Province of Palencia in late August, and we invite you to attend.
Federico has promised he will take more photos at the concerts, but he’s been quite a busy man, preparing the entire scope of the CaminoArtes program with the indispensable Carmen González Zapata at his side. For those of you lucky enough to walking the Camino this summer, here is the lovely moonrise, from the edge of the town. Sights like this become common in the beautiful stretch between Burgos and León, in the middle of which sits Carrión, home to the artists participating in the program.
The first CaminoArtes concert took place Sunday night (June 3rd) to a very nearly full house in the beautiful Iglesia de Santa Maria. Guitarist Elina Chekan started the summer’s series of music. Originally from Belarus, Eleni lives now in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, where she is a professor of guitar at the Peck School for the Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Click Eleni Chekan to read more.
What Orla did here was great, incorporating everything she saw in the environment, from the moonrise to the poppies, the ciguenas (storks), the Roman bridge, shells of Santiago, and the milky way! Her main interest in painting is wildlife. Her work will be featured in our first exhibition, and she has donated the sale proceeds to the CaminoArtes.org association. We thank her from the bottom of our hearts! Orla Barry, painter, is from Dundalk, Co.Louth, Ireland. Her website: http://orlabarry.com/