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Learn about our most beloved Christmas tradition: La Novena

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

Learn about one of our most beloved traditions. An old Colombian practice dating from the 1700’s known as the “Novena de Aguinaldos"

In Colombia The Novena is part of our identity. It is a family affair and a wonderful way to get together with friends and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.

The conversation with classical guitarist Nilko Andreas, will be complemented by live music that will take you to the origins of “Los Villancicos”, melodies used during La Novena, and sang by Colombians during this time.

This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation and it also involves specific dishes that are part of our gastronomic delicacies.

We would love for you to learn more about the history, past and present of this tradition. It is the perfect time to enjoy our culture and have an immersive experience with the Charm of Ambassador of Colombia to the United States Francisco Santos in a cozy conversation with enowned international Colombian artist Nilko Andreas.

This event, for sure, inspired all those who want to learn, and encourage all those who already know about La Novena, and would like to preserve the tradition alive.

About Nilko Andreas

Colombian/American Classical Guitarist and Composer Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “…an electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible” Backstage New York. Since his Carnegie hall debut in 2009 Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in over fifteen countries and  three continents as a soloist, Composer and chamber musician performing on such prestigious stages as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Wildthurn Castle in Germany, The Strathmore Hall In Bethesda, Jay Priztker Pavilion in Chicago, Adolfo Mejia Theater in Cartagena, Museum of fine arts in Houston TX, Gandhi Hall in Geneve, Switzerland Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Palacio Foz in Portugal, Unesco Concert Hall in Paris, Surabaya concert Hall In Indonesia, Shenzhen Symphony Hall in China , Museo Belber Gimenez in Oaxaca, Mexico, among others. Recipient of many international awards including the “Recognition award” by the city of New York for his contributions to the Arts. Mr.Guarin has appeared as soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Shenzhen Symphonic orchestra of China, , Surabaya Symphony orchestra in Indonesia, the “Mariuccia Iacovino” orchestra and Barra Mansa orchestra from Brazil, The Baja California Orchestra in Mexico, The Azlo Orchestra, Tactus contemporary ensemble, The New York Chamber Ensemble The rebow ensemble of NY, The metro Orchestra in NY, the WHCO among others.  

He has participated in renowned international festivals as Cooperstown Music festival, Vale do Café and Festival do Inverno do Petropolis in Brazil, The Mannes Guitar seminar and Long Island Guitar Festival in NY, “Wildthurn” in Munich, Germany, “Moment Musicaux” in Normandie, France, Festival EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. He has worked with prominent composers including Alba Potes, “Prix de Rome” winner Juan Pablo Carreno, Kevin Purcell, Juan Pablo Contreras, Ricardo Calderoni, Reinaldo Moya, Francisco Zumaque, Juan Calderon and Ricardo Llorca, Francisco Zumaque. and with conductors such as Bartholomeus Van de Velde, Solomon Tong, David Gilbert, Vince Lee, Michel Adelson, Laurine Fox, Alondra de la Parra, Chris Whittaker  and Eduardo Garcia Barrios,  Nilko Andreas has appeared with Time Warner TV, RCN TV, Univision 41, Fox News, Cuny TV, HJUT, “W” Radio in Colombia and WQXR in New York. He has recorded with Multiplatinum Artists.   

Born in Colombia Nilko Andreas has great interest for the composers of Latin America, constantly commissioning and premiering new works. He premiered at Carnegie Hall “Tukanos” Concerto for guitar and orchestra by Alba Potes and Ricardo Calderoni’s “Concerto Chamaleon” as part as the “Amazonas Series” a concert series that promotes Music from Latin-America.  

Aprende sobre una de nuestras mas queridas tradiciones: La novena

Conozca una de nuestras tradiciones más queridas. Una antigua práctica colombiana que data del 1700 conocida como la "Novena de Aguinaldos".

En Colombia La Novena es parte de nuestra identidad. Es un asunto familiar y una manera maravillosa de reunirse con amigos y disfrutar de lo que muchos colombianos consideran como el verdadero significado de la Navidad.

La conversación con el guitarrista clásico Nilko Andreas, se complementó con música en vivo que trasladó a la audiencia a los orígenes de “Los Villancicos”, melodías utilizadas durante La Novena y cantadas por los colombianos durante este tiempo.

Esta tradición se ha ido transmitiendo de generación en generación e involucra deliciosos platos que también forman parte de nuestras delicias gastronómicas.

Esta novena permitió conocer más sobre la historia, el pasado y el presente de esta tradición. Es el momento perfecto para disfrutar de nuestra cultura y tener una experiencia inmersiva con el Encanto del Embajador de Colombia en los Estados Unidos Francisco Santos en una agradable conversación con el reconocid artista internacional colombiano Nilko Andreas.

Este evento, seguro, inspiró a todos aquellos que quieran aprender, y animó a todos aquellos que ya conocen La Novena, y quieren mantener viva la tradición.


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