Assistant Conductor, Tenor, Vicente Bastidas-Elizondo
On Sunday afternoon, June 12, 2012, The Schola Cantorum of the Pacific presented in vocal recital its Assistant Conductor and principal tenor, Vicente Bastidas-Elizondo, at the Media Rotunda of the West Hills Campus of Chaminade College Preparatory in the San Fernanco Valley, Los Angeles, California.
Mr. Bastidas’ varied program included works by Puccini, Mozart, Cesar Franck, Leonard Bernstein, art songs of Scotland and Mexico, and standards of Classic Jazz. The Schola Cantorum performed at this recital, works by Notker of St-Gaul, Orlando Gibbons and Alan Hovhaness. Featured in the Jazz Combo were Brian Clements, M.M., playing saxophone, flute and clarinet; Francisco Garcia, guitarist; guest artist Sam DiGiovanni playing the cajón; and at the piano, Schola founder-director, Fr. Ted Ley, SM, D.Mus. The Children of the Schola also participated, playing Classical Guitar and providing a treble descant, in La Paloma.
The Schola and Mr. Bastidas’ next concert engagement was at Chamayo, New Mexico, 2pm, Sunday, August 19th, 2012, in the Illuminative Mysteries Portal room of the Historic Mission Shrine, a performance tracing the history of Christian Sacred Music from earliest times to the present, beginning with the oldest known Christian hymn, from the Second Century, and concluding with contemporary choral works. Included were works by Josquin des Prez, Palestrina and Mozart, as well as choral and solos selections from Mr. Bastidas’ Los Angeles recital.