MSU College of Music Hosts An Arts and Culturally Blended Festival

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MSU College of Music Hosts An Arts and Culturally Blended Festival

CREATED Apr. 5, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich.—A musical, artistic, and scholarly exploration of our interwoven Latin

American and U.S. cultures will take place on the MSU campus this spring as part of the first

Latin IS America Festival coordinated through the MSU College of Music. Events will take place

from April 15-27 at various campus locations, including the newly renovated Cook Recital Hall,

the Cobb Great Hall of Wharton Center, the MSU Community Music School, and the

International Center.


Nationally and internationally renowned guests pack the line-up with musical performances and

compositions for steel pan ensemble, wind symphony, saxophone and piano, symphony orchestra

and chorus. Films, art exhibits, plays, and scholarly discussions complete an enriching roster that

highlights the cultural connections between the U.S. and Latin America.


“All the performances and events are accessible and celebratory,” says James Forger, dean of the

MSU College of Music. “Our goal is to make this an ongoing event with a broad reach that

enhances our understanding of culture and community.”


The idea for Latin IS America resulted from a collaboration of university personnel, students, and

scholars who saw the need to acknowledge the ongoing blend and two-way influence of Latin

American and U.S. cultures.


“Our world is truly a much smaller place than we realize,” says Forger. “Music, art, and scholarly

expression provide ways we can communicate and develop a deeper understanding of how

cultures transcend boundaries and contribute to new ways of life.”


The first annual Latin IS America is open to the public with support through a grant from the

MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. The festival is coordinated by the MSU

College of Music in collaboration with multiple campus and community organizations including

the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean

Studies, MSU Department of Theater, MSU Department of Social Science, and the East Lansing

Film Society.


The festival offers a variety of free and ticketed events. Seating is limited at many venues. For

detailed information and tickets visit

Latin IS America Events

April 15 through 27

Monday April 15

7:30 p.m. CONCERT

Steel pan master Andy Narell joins calypso

musician Relator, featuring music from the

CD University of Calypso; with MSU Jazz

Orchestra I, Oakland University Steel band

and Mott Steelheads Steel Orchestra.

MSU Community Music School

4930 South Hagadorn Road

Free, limited seating


Wednesday April 17


Award-winning film Dream Havana by

Chicago native Gary Marks. Q & A will

follow with director/producer Marks.

MSU Community Music School

4930 South Hagadorn Road

Free, limited seating


Wednesday April 24


James Forger, saxophone; Deborah Moriarty,

piano; Suren Bagratuni, cello. Guest

Composers Maureen Reyes Lavastida

and Vache Sharfyan and faculty composer

Ricardo Lorenz. Cook Recital Hall,

MSU Music Building

$10 Adults, $8 Seniors, Students Free

Thursday April 25

7:30 p.m. CONCERT

MSU Wind Symphony, Kevin Sedatole,

conductor. Works by Revueltas, Colgrass

and Lorenz.

Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center

$10 Adults, $8 Seniors, Students Free


Friday April 26


Lecture on the Danzón and Musical Dialogues

with Early Jazz. University of Texas Professor

Robin Moore, author of Music and Revolution.

Cook Recital Hall, MSU Music Building

Free, limited seating



After the lecture enjoy a food reception and

dance to live salsa music from Salsa Verde.

Cook Recital Hall and room 120,

MSU Music Building

Free, limited seating


Saturday April 27

8:00 p.m. CONCERT

MSU Symphony Orchestra and University

Chorale, State Singers, Choral Union,

Jonathan Reed and Kevin Sedatole,

conductors. Works by Villa-Lobos and Barber.

Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center

$10 Adults, $8 Seniors, Students Free


Presented by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the MSU Department of Romance and Classical Studies.

Latin American Imprints—Poetics, Theater

and Art: The Legacy of Gabriel García


Thursday, April 18

7:00 p.m. Theatrical Performances

Magic and Realism: Latin America Scenes.

Arena Theatre, MSU Auditorium

Free to the public

Friday, April 19 (Multiple Events)

MSU International Center, third floor

Free to the public

• 9:00 a.m. Poster Session:

Latin America and its Literature

• 10:00 a.m. Keynote Addresses:

The Legacy of Gabriel García

Márquez. Guest speakers: Michael

Palencia-Roth and Jonathan Tittler.

• 1:00 p.m. Magical Realism on Canvas

Digital exhibit of paintings by David

Alvarado from Granada, Spain.

• 2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Legacies

Audience engaged discussions on the

legacy of Gabriel García Márquez.

• 4:00 p.m. Reception and