Friday, July 11, 2008

Mercedes Sosa | The Auditorium, Rome | 9 July, 2008

Every now and again a concert is more than just a concert...it's an event that one feels privileged to have been there to witness. Wednesday night at the Auditorium in Rome was one of those special evenings when the Argentine singer - and certainly in Latin America, living legend - Mercedes Sosa performed in the open air Cavea at the Auditorium. The concert coincided with the singer's 73rd birthday and she seemed delighted by the spontaneous chorus of Happy Birthday in a mixture of Spanish and Italian from the enthusiastic crowd as she slowly came on stage and settled into an armchair. She then held court for over two hours singing the traditional Latin American songs she is most famous for (Todo Cambia was stunning) as well as tracks from her most recent album, the Latin Grammy Award-winning Corazón libre, accompanied on occasions by the numerous guests who joined her on stage to perform some of the songs - Franco Luciani on harmonica was astounding!

At the finale of the concert she removed the red shawl which she had worn throughout the evening and was helped to her feet to sing the Argentine National Anthem - Himno Nacional Argentino - for 9th July is also Argentine Independence Day.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes it was very special indeed, I flew from the UK to Rome just for this concert, what a wonderful night. Her voice is no longer the same but she is still much loved :)

Matt said...

Glad you enjoyed it. She was here in London yesterday and she spoke about how much she had enjoyed the Rome concert.
It was a great concert in London too. So many highlights but one of them was the performance of a wonderful Victor Jara song, Deja la vida volar

Debs said...

hi! thank for your comments...
do either of you happen to know the name of the extraordinary young harmonica player who joined her on stage and played a couple of songs? (assuming that he was also there in london...)

Debs said...

have found the answer! Franco Luciani...

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