Kantuta (kan‧ˈtütə): Sacred Flower of The Incas
Introducing Kantuta Concerts — a captivating concert series inspired by the enchanting Kantuta flower, and the profound indigenous beliefs woven around its vibrant petals.
The kantuta, also known as the “Andean Queen,” is a symbol of beauty and resilience that flourishes in the highlands of the Andes Mountains. Its vivid colors, ranging from fiery red to golden yellow, capture the essence of the region’s cultural diversity and spiritual significance.
In indigenous Andean traditions, the kantuta holds great significance. It is revered as a sacred messenger connecting earthly existence with the realms of the divine. Legend has it that the kantuta petals embody the eternal bond between the sun god Inti and the earth goddess Pachamama, reflecting the harmony and balance sought by these ancient cultures.
Kantuta Concerts are at the heart of the Foundation for Bolivian Artists, Inc. Drawing inspiration from the kantuta and its beliefs, this series aims to create a musical journey that celebrates unity, diversity, and the pursuit of excellence. The centerpiece of this extraordinary series is the celebration of the talented individual who has been awarded our recital scholarship chosen through our competitive application process. The recipient represents the embodiment of dedication, passion, and merit. This concert serves as a momentous occasion to honor their achievements while also fostering inspiration and support for future generations.
Kantuta Concerts: Opus 1
Featuring Sergio Escalera Soria, piano
the First Recital Scholarship Recipient
of Foundation for Bolivian Artists, Inc.
March 1, 2024, 7:30PM
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St, New York, NY 10023