San Fulgencio Church in Gibara, Holguin
All these days Marilyn Aldana carries on her shoulder one of the biggest tasks for her career, as she will conduct the choir in the mass to be given by Pope Francis, in Holguin - nicknamed the Cuban City of the Parks.
And it is there is no time to rest for Marilyn; I saw her again giving touches to the choir that will be in the mass by the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church in September 21, at the Calixto Garcia square.
She told me that "The choir is made up of 146 interpreters, 66 of them are professional singers, and the others come from the catholic communities of the Holguin Dioceses; they come from Banes, Cueto, Mayari, Sagua de Tanamo. We're rehearsing every day with a format of minor percussion, clarinet, flute, and piano. In the mass we'll interpret 14 pieces, but as we wait for all the faithful to come for this religious celebration, we have in mind reaching up to 30 pieces," she said.
For this talented artist the mass' strength lies on the arrangements by Rodrigo Pratts, "It's a very Cuban mass, with genres like Habanera, Guajira and Danzon."
The also Directress of the choir Orfeon de Holguin is a woman of much faith, that undertakes many tasks and manages to move forward. The first time I saw her I learnt that music is her passion, which almost takes all day long. "Music takes it all from me everyday. Thanks God I work with the Orfeon de Holguin in the morning; in the afternoon I do jazz, spiritual and Cuban music, which is never away from me, but at night I am a soloist."
No doubt the Cuban City of the Parks is a stronghold in the country's Bell Canto and choirs. Marilyn Aldana, that one of those representative local voices, said about the events Holguin province will live in a few days, "This is for me a great honor and a huge responsibility because this will not be any mass, it's not a concert; we as musicians are deeply involved and hoping that everything flows as the event deserves. I've given the bit of me, as a parishioner and a representative of Holguin culture."