FRIDAY, Sep 29, 2023 | 7:30 PM

Five Boroughs Brewing Co | 215 47th St. | Brooklyn

SATURDAY, Sep 30, 2023 | 7:30 PM

Flushing Town Hall | 137-35 Northern Blvd. | QUEENS

JESÚS PACHECO, percussion


5BMF’s 2023-2024 season kicks off this September with Reencuentros, a vibrant program of vocal and instrumental music from Latin America, performed by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte, percussionist Jesús Pacheco, and the mariachis of Trio Chapultepec (Vincent A. Pequeño, Gerardo Lee Calera Aguirre, and William Carlton Gálvez).

Featuring a collection of boleros, mid-20th century art songs from across Latin America, these performances celebrate a recently released album by Duarte, a classical and opera singer in high demand across the United States and beyond. The program is a return to her roots, as she describes it: “[the album is] a remembrance of the moments when I listened to my mother sing. Reencuentros represents where I come from and the stories that formed me. It is important for me to share this legacy of beautiful music, only a small token of the artistic richness of Latin American music.”

Join us on Friday, Sep. 29 as we return to the auspiciously-named Five Boroughs Brewing Company in Sunset Park, Brooklyn — almost  two years to the day since our return there to in-person events after pandemic shutdowns — and enjoy special drink specials in honor of 5BMF’s season opening! Or catch the encore performance on Saturday, Sep. 30 as we return once again to one of our favorite Queens arts centers, Flushing Town Hall.


FRIDAY 9/29 7:30 PM


SAT 9/30 7:30 PM


Tickets available via Flushing Town Hall


Fina Estampa – Chabuca Granda, arr. William Carlton Gálvez

Incertidumbre – Julio Jaramillo, arr. Vincent A. Pequeño

Peleas – Altemar Dutra, Evaldo Gouveia, and Jair Amorim, arr. Vincent A. Pequeño

Zamba Para Olvidar – Daniel Toro, arr. William Carlton Gálvez

La Flor de la Canela – Chabuca Granda, arr. Israel Alcalá

La revancha – Omar Antonio Sánchez, arr. Israel Alcalá

Alfonsina y el Mar – Ariel Ramírez and Félix Luna, arr. David Hanlon

Sabrá Dios – Alvaro Carrillo, arr. Israel Alcalá

Poquita Fe – Bobby Capó, arr. Vincent A. Pequeño

Le Dije a una Rosa – Virgilio González, arr. David Hanlon

Sabrás que te Quiero – Teddy Fregoso, arr. Vincent A. Pequeño

Gracias a la Vida – Violeta Parra, arr. David Hanlon


CECILIA DUARTE | Mezzo-soprano
Cecilia Duarte
CECILIA DUARTE | mezzo-soprano

A soloist in the Grammy Award-winning album Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works, mezzo-soprano CECILIA DUARTE has been praised by The New York Times as “A creamy voiced mezzo-soprano.” Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Cecilia is a versatile singer who has performed around the world performing a variety of music styles, especially early and contemporary music.

Cecilia has been widely acclaimed for creating the role of Renata in the first Mariachi Opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with the famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera in 2010. Cecilia has taken this opera to stages such as the Houston Grand Opera (2013, 2018), Châtelet Theatre in Paris, France, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera, The Fort Worth Opera, Teatro Nacional Sucre, in Quito, Ecuador, New York City Opera, and El Paso Opera. Since then, she has created other roles for world premieres of chamber operas and new works, including Jessie Lydell in A Coffin in Egypt (HGO and the Wallis Annenberg Center in LA); Gracie in A Way Home (HGO and Opera Southwest); Harriet in After the Storm (HGO); Alicia in Some Light Emerges (HGO); and Alma in “Boundless,” the first episode of Houston Grand Opera’s Telly Award-winning web opera series Star-cross’d.

​Other operatic roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Loma Williams in Cold Sassy Tree, Isabella in Rapaccini’s Daughter, Sarelda in The Inspector, Tituba in The Crucible, and Maria in Maria de Buenos Aires, among others. Cecilia also premiered the prequel to Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, reprising the role of Renata in the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo, with Houston Grand Opera (2019) and Arizona Opera (2021).

Cecilia’s experience in early music include performances with Ars Lyrica Houston, Mercury Houston, and The Bach Society Houston, as well as the Fesitvalensemble in Stuttgart, Germany, the Festival de Música Barroca de San Miguel de Allende, México, and most recently, the Boston Early Music Festival and the Bach Collegium San Diego with whom she debuted singing Handel’s Messiah in a complete Spanish adaptation. She is also a member of Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, performing early and contemporary music.

​Recordings include Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, with Albany Records, NY; soloist in the Grammy-winning album Duruflé: The Complete Choral Works with Signum Records; a special appearance in Encantamiento, an album with music by Daniel Catán; and Reencuentros, Cecilia’s first solo album produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Blanton Alspaugh, under Reference Recordings Label.

Jesús Pacheco | Percussionist
Jesus Pacheco
Jesús Pacheco | Percussionist

Percussionist Jesús Pacheco obtained his bachelor’s degree in percussion from the Superior Conservatory in Seville, Spain. As a young musician, he was part of the Andalusian Youth Orchestra (OJA) under the baton of Michael Thomas, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, directed by Daniel Baremboim. Jesús has performed at the Festivalensemble in Stuttgart, Germany, and served as a timpanist with the Bach Collegium (Stuttgart Bachakademie) both under the direction of Helmut Rilling, touring through Europe and China. In Andalusia, Jesús was a regular working with the Royal Symphonic Orchestra of Sevilla, and the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra, as well as other music ensembles devoted to early and contemporary music, and created and performed with his Percussion quartet Hits-Palis.

During his time living in Houston, Jesús has collaborated with the Bach Society Houston, The Houston Brass Band, Octave Illusion, and often performs with Mercury Houston, The Magnolia City Brass Band, Ars Lyrica Houston, Apollo Chamber Players, and the Houston Brass Quintet, among others. Along with his wife, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte, Jesús has co-curated Orígenes, and Contemplation in Light, both community programs created for Ars Lyrica Houston promoting Latin American Baroque music, and Chant.

A versatile musician, Jesús can be found playing Latin Jazz with the Mateo Orozco and Bumerán band, and Flamenco music in the Houston area. Later performances include his debut with Houston Grand Opera in Suite Española 2: Exploring the Caribbean.

Trio Chapultepec
Trio Chapultepec
Trio Chapultepec

Trio Chapultepec, formed in July 2019, is a multi-instrumental group based in San Antonio, Texas composed of Vincent Pequeño, Israel Alcalá and William Carlton Gálvez. The members have extensively studied Mariachi together for several years and have been given national awards in both vocal and collegiate level ensemble competitions. Trio Chapultepec made their debut with Houston Grand Opera in December 2019 in a production of El Milagro del Recuerdo, with subsequent productions at the Arizona, Austin, Fort Worth, and San Diego Operas.

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