El Grito 2015
For the first time, Monterey County Pops! will participate in the festivities in King City which celebrate Mexican Independence Day. The celebration is traditionally called “El Grito” (The Cry) which refers to Miguel Hidalgo’s rallying cry uttered on September 16, 1810, which began the Mexican War of Independence.
This year “El Grito” will be celebrated in King City on Sunday, September 13. The day begins at 11 a.m. with a parade up Broadway to the Town Square. The free “El Grito Concert” by the Monterey County Pops! will begin at noon in the Town Square.
The concert will feature the 40-member, fully professional Monterey County Pops! ensemble of woodwinds, brass and percussion. The program will begin with the traditional “Grito” and the playing of the national anthems of Mexico and the United States.
Pops! Music Director and Conductor, Dr. Carl Christensen, recently retired from teaching music at Hartnell College for 31 years. Prior to joining the Hartnell faculty he lived in Mexico City for 10 years performing as a trombonist with several professional symphony orchestras. He has maintained contact with the State Band of Oaxaca and the Mexican National Conservatory since moving to California.
He will draw on these experiences and contacts to present a program of traditional music from various regions of Mexico. The concert will recreate the atmosphere of countless town band concerts given on Sunday afternoon in city plazas and parks all over Mexico. The program will include special arrangements of such traditional favorites as “Cielito Lindo”, “La Cucaracha”, “La Culebra”, and “La Marcha Zacatecas.”
A special feature will be traditional music of Oaxaca from the library of the State Band of Oaxaca including “La Cancion Mixteca”, “Dios Nunca Muere”, “Pinotepa Nacional”, “La Sandunga”, and “La Llorona.” A highlight of the program will be “Huapango” by Jose Pablo Moncayo featuring well-known local Jalisco harp virtuoso, William Faulkner.
The concert will also feature vocalist Salvador Muñoz, a veteran of the Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista. The local Ballet Folklórico Tapatio of Verenice Amezcua will also perform with the Pops!