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AMIDST THE PANDEMIC, PABLO HELGUERA SINGS FOR YOU

Almost 20 years ago in 2001, as part of the Brewster Project, organized by Regine Basha, Omar Lopez-Chahoud and Christopher Ho in New York, I stood outside a bar and did singing telegrams for free, armed with a guitar and a cell phone. I was supposed to do it for half an hour, but I was there for 7 hours, with an endless line of participants.

I remember having a bunch of phone cards that I used to call places as far as Belgrade. This became my first social practice project. Recently, in conversations with the amazing John Spiak from Grand Central in Santa Ana (California), we thought we would revive The Singing Telegram Show project to reach out to those who are currently isolated, and/or wanting to reach out to loved ones.

If you want to send a free singing telegram to someone you care about, please email us at grandcentral@fullerton.edu. I can sing romantic opera, zarzuela, Hollywood classics, Broadway Tunes, Mexican folk songs, lullabies and Neapolitan songs. As I told the LA Times, I am not Enrico Caruso, but I am free, and I am alive (and happy to be so). If you feel sad or lonely at home or want to cheer someone you love, contact us and we will deliver -promise! (and it is free).

Pablo Helguera



MUSIC LIST

DRAMATIC/TRAGIC OPERA
E Lucevan Le Stelle | Tosca (Puccini)
Nessun Dorma | Turandot (Puccini)
Vesti la Giubba | Pagliacci (Mascagni)
Vecchia Zimarra | La Bohéme (Puccini)
Questa o Quella | Rigoletto (Verdi)

ZARZUELA
No Puede Ser | La Tabernera del Puerto (Sorozábal)

ROMANTIC OPERA
O Mio Babbino Caro | Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
Voi che Sapete | Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)

NEAPOLITAN SONGS
Mari, Mari
Non Ti Scordar di Me | Casalino
Torna a Surriento

SHAKER SONGS
Bam Bam
I Love to See the Wheels in Motion
Living Building
Way Down in the Valley
Watch Ye
Simple Gifts

RENAISSANCE
In a Garden so Green | Scottish, 17th century

LULLABIES
Summertime | George Gershwin, Porgy & Bess
Xicochi, Xicochi | 16th c. song in Nahuatl, Mexico
Duérmete niño santo | New Mexico, XIXth Cent.
En la mar hay una torre | Sephardic song, XVIth Cent.
Nana | Manuel de Falla
Por ver si me consolaba | Manuel de Falla
Russian Lullaby | Irving Berlin
All The Pretty Horses | Anonymous (popular)

ROMANTIC
Una Furtiva Lagrima | Il Elisir D’Amore (Donizetti)
Long Time Ago | Aaron Copland
Strangers in the Night | Frank Sinatra
They Can’t Take that Away from Me | Frank Sinatra

HOLLYWOOD
Somewhere Over the Rainbow | The Wizard of Oz
Moonriver | Breakfast at Tiffany’s
My Favorite Things | The Sound of Music
Ol’ Man River | Showboat
Cheek to Cheek | Irving Berlin

BROADWAY
Somewhere | West Side Story
Maria | West Side Story
Not While I’m Around | Sweeney Todd
Mr. Cellophane | Chicago
Complainte de la Butte | Moulin Rouge

OTHER CLASSICS
Paris | Edith Piaf

AMERICAN FOLK SONGS
Home on the Range | Trad. American song
Deep River | African-American Spiritual
Shenandoah | Trad. American song
Come Thou Fount of every Blessing | Hymn, Robert Robinson (1758)

MEXICAN FOLK MUSIC
La Martiniana | popular song (Oaxaca)
La Llorona | popular song
La Zandunga | popular song (Oaxaca)
Román Castillo
La Bruja | popular song (Veracruz)
La Cruz Azul | Pedro J. González

OTHER POPULAR MEXICAN MUSIC
Un año más sin tí | Oscar Chávez
Por tí | Oscar Chávez
La Palma | Mexican traditional
Mírenme esos ojitos | Guty Cárdenas
Despierta | Pedro Infante
Bésame Mucho | Consuelo Velázquez
Luz de Luna | Chavela Vargas
No volveré | Manuel Esperón
Un Viejo Amor | Alfonso Esparza Oteo


Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera’s work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances and written fiction. His work as an educator has usually intersected his interest as an artist, making his work often reflects on issues of interpretation, dialogue, and the role of contemporary culture in a global reality.

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