The sea: Water, waves, fish, pearls, ships, sailors, pirates, buccaneers and, of course, mermaids, is the theme for the music part of today’s program (the first 90 minutes). The last ½ hour is, as always, dedicated to Spanish language literature but today it’s approached through Greece.
This program includes a few songs by the Mexican composer Roberto Cantoral (who passed away last Saturday), some traditional Mexican music played on “Salterio” and music from Brazil (Dona Edith Do Prato). The third ½ hour will consist entirely of music by Astor Piazzolla. The last ½ hour will include a reading of a short story by Gabriel García Márquez.
The first ½ hour of this program is dedicated to the songs of María Teresa Vera, from Cuba. The second ½ hour includes a few pieces by Esteban (Steve) Jordan (who passed away last Friday). The third ½ hour presents “Huapango”, by the Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo, and the folk music that inspired it. The last segment includes a few readings by the Guatemalan writer Augusto Monterroso.
On Sunday, August 22, in Chile, 17 days after a tunnel collapsed, 33 miners, all alive and sound, were located through a probe, 2,200 feet below ground. When audio communication was finally established, their first question was about the wellbeing of a group of fellow miners that were on their way out when the tunnel collapsed. In celebration of their amazing survival and their spirit and solidarity, the first 1.5 hours of this program are dedicated to songs on and about miners, from Latin America and several other countries. The last ½ hour is dedicated to the extraordinary Mexican writer Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.