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The Bach Society of Charleston presents


Mexico and music of Manuel de Sumaya, the Bach of the Americas

Monday, September 19, 2022 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

at The Charleston Library Society
164 King St., Charleston, SC 29401


Manuel de Sumaya (1678-1755) is a very close contemporary of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) and one of the only important colonial composers to have been born in the New World, in his case Mexico City.

While Sumaya and Bach worked in very different environments – the former at the largest Catholic cathedral on the American continent amid a bustling, multicultural colonial city, and the latter in a Lutheran church that was more of a regional center – I would argue that we can think of them together as “church musicians” rather than “composers”. Both musicians were organists, choir directors, teachers, and administrators in addition to their achievements as composers. Join Drew Edward Davies, Associate Professor, Musicology at Northwestern Universty and Bach Society of Charleston Artistic Director Ricard Bordas for an evening of wonderful music and discovery.