Homenaje a Arbolito
Homenaje a Arbolito was inspired by the composer’s service mission trip to the community of Arbolito in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The piece recounts the composer’s experiences from arrival into the country to meeting and serving with the community. The second movement, Vecinos, pays tribute to Mozart in style and represents the children of the community Méndez came to befriend while she was there. The trip was one of deep prayer and reflection as exemplified in the third movement, with its long melodic phrases. Méndez pays tribute to her Hispanic heritage in the fourth movement, Sabroso, adding the rhythms, the clave beat and the flavor of the Latin sound.
The community of Arbolito is an invasion community and cannot be found on any map of Ecuador, but people do live there; they do exist. Méndez lived in community with the people of Arbolito, simply, without benefits of technology or comfort, in prayer and deep soul searching and was transformed by her experience.
Homenaje a Arbolito was premiered October 6, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, by the string ensemble of the Young Artists Concert Orchestra, under the direction of Julio E. Quinones.
[Program note by the composer]
Note: Movements 1, 3, 4 & 5 may be programmed individually. Contact the composer for information.
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