Honoring Victims of Violence: Santa Clara University and Montalvo Arts Center present XLIII: A Contemporary Requiem

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Santa Clara University, in collaboration with Montalvo Arts Center,
presents XLIII: A Contemporary Requiem to honor victims of
violence worldwide.

The world premiere of XLIII: A Contemporary Requiem will be held
on January 15, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Mission Santa Clara de
Asís at Santa Clara University. XLIII is the culmination of three
other events that will take place in early January 2016 reflecting on
global violence, social justice, and civic responsibility.

The thematic focus of XLIII responds to Santa Clara University’s
commitment to social justice and civic responsibility. The performance
is supported by the newly established Center for the Arts and Humanities
in the College of Arts and Sciences, and its inaugural
Salon theme, (in)humanity
, which examines how the humanities and
arts may work as agents of change in a world besieged by violence and

“More than any other creative production, XLIII has become a
passion,” said Stephen Lee, the associate dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences at Santa Clara University. “The plight of the missing
students and their families has inspired an extraordinary opportunity
for our students and our community to come together in the name of

XLIII refers to 43 male students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero,
Mexico who were kidnapped in 2014 after traveling to the city of Iguala
to stage a protest against perceived government corruption. The students
are believed to have been murdered by members of a drug cartel. The
number 43 has subsequently become a symbol of protest against violence
and corruption in Mexico and throughout the world. While the performance
takes inspiration from this tragic event, it is intended not only to
honor the memory of those 43 students, but victims of violence worldwide.

XLIII is an inventive exploration of the requiem format, mixing
traditional elements of organ and voice with electronics and creative
movement. The co-commissioned piece features the original musical
composition of Andrés Solis and choreography by Sandra Gómez, two Mexico
City-based artists who are Lucas Artists Fellows at Montalvo. Dr. Scot
Hanna-Weir, director of choral activities at Santa Clara University,
will be conducting the SCU Chamber Singers along with Dr. James Welch,
organist. Several dancers, including SCU alumna Lauren Baines, will also
be a part of the production.

“For Montalvo Arts Center, this program is part of a broader effort to
expand our creative collaborations with like-minded organizations in the
Bay Area, and deepen local community engagement by Artist Fellows at our
Lucas Artists Residency Program,” said Montalvo Executive Director
Angela McConnell. “Its timely and moving subject matter reaffirms our
belief that the arts should be at the center of innovative thinking
about pressing local and global concerns.”

More information can be found at 43requiem.com.

Additional Events honoring the missing 43 at Santa Clara University

January 2, 2016, 11 a.m., Ignatian Lawn
of silhouettes symbolizing each of the missing 43
students. An additional mirrored silhouette will be added to compel
viewers to “see themselves in the 43.” The father of one of the missing
students who vanished will also be in attendance. The silhouette
installation will be on campus for public viewing through January 15.

January 7, 2016, 5 p.m., Mission Santa Clara
Vigil to Remember the Missing
planned by Campus Ministry and the
student club, Creating Progress at Home.

January 12, 2016, 5 p.m., California Mission Room, Benson Center
and Student Panel
to discuss the political and social
events surrounding the atrocity. The panel features Alberto
Ribas-Casasayas, assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American
studies at Santa Clara University; invited panelist Adrian Felix,
assistant professor of Latina/o and Latin American Studies, UC Santa
Cruz; Jennifer Gonzalez, undergraduate student, MEChA El Frente
co-chair; Isaac Nieblas, undergraduate student, MEChA and Creating
Progress at Home; Moderator: Anna Sampaio, Santa Clara University
associate professor and director of the Ethnic Studies Program.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university
located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley,
offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in
arts and sciences, business, and engineering; master’s degrees in
business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and
theology; and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished
nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S.
master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education
institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social
justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.

About Montalvo Arts Center

A member-supported nonprofit institution, our mission is to create and
present art of all types, nurture artists, and use our historic Villa,
buildings, and grounds in innovative ways that engage people in the
creative process. Located in Silicon Valley’s Saratoga Hills, Montalvo
occupies a Mediterranean-style Villa, built in 1912 by Senator James
Duval Phelan and surrounded by 175 stunning acres, including the campus
of our international Lucas Artists Residency Program. Senator Phelan
bequeathed the villa and grounds to the people of California for the
encouragement of art, music, literature, and architecture, a mandate
Montalvo has carried forward ever since its founding. For more
information, call (408) 961-5858 or visit montalvoarts.org


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