|Oaxaca cathedral organ (© IOHIO)|
|Huayapam, with the author and IOHIO Director Cicely Winter facing the main altar|
On Friday morning the group set off to view unrestored organs in communities in the valley south of the city including San Andrés Huayapam, where the villagers welcomed us with music, dancing and a bounteous lunch with mescal, the local alcoholic beverage.
En route we made stops to see unrestored organs in the churches of San Matias Jalatlaco and San Miguel Tlalixtac (more on Tlalixtac later) and briefly enjoyed the shade of the famous Tule tree.
|Huayapam, the dancing "tias"|
|La Soledad organ|
In the evening, in contrast to the earlier Cathedral concert, the program at the city Basilica of La Soledad was free to the public and featured traditional musical favorities from different regions of Oaxaca, adapted by Cecily Winter, the organist and IOHIO director, with the help of the energetic percussionist Valentín Hernández.