Hidden Gem: Old world joy

   El Mundo makes the rounds
as part of their holiday tour 

Richard Savino

Richard Savino is a busy guy.  Lured to the guitar by the Beatles, he started his life in music by playing with rock bands, until the Baroque guitar led him to a life in the classical world.  Now  a faculty member at both San Francisco Conservatory and “Sac State“, he performs theorbo and lute with an impressive list of organizations, including some top-drawer opera companies.

Savino founded El Mundo in 1999, building an ensemble focused on Baroque masterworks from the 17th and 18th centuries.  The group’s roster shifts from project to project, depending on the instrumentation and requirements of the chosen repertoire, which varies widely and includes an impressive array of vocal works.  With several recordings under their collective belt, the group was nominated for a 2011 GRAMMY® for Best Small Ensemble Performance, for their “Kingdoms of Castille” CD (linked below).

As part of their current tour in California and points north, El Mundo will make stops in Los Angeles, Fullerton and San Diego this week, performing seasonal selections with period instruments, Baroque understanding and Latin flair.  The performers for these programs include Nell Snaidas, soprano; Celine Ricci, soprano; Paul Shipper, bass, baroque guitar & percussion; Adam LaMotte, violin; Natalie Carducci, violin; David Morris, cello; Richard Savino, theorbo, baroque guitar; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord and organ.  Buon natale!

El Mundo

Saturday, December 8, 7:30pm
presented by Da Camera Society
St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral
Los Angeles


Sunday, December 9, 3:30pm
presented by Fullerton Friends of Music
Sunny Hills Performing Arts Center

Event listing      Directions      (Free event)


Click the CDs to get El Mundo’s recordings from Amazon


Originally published in Next 7 — Vocal events through 12/13/12

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