Latin IS America Festival celebrates latin culture through music

The Michigan State University College of Music invites the Greater Lansing area to explore Latin America through musical, artistic and scholarly expression during the Latin IS America Festival, April 9-19 2014 at various campus locations.

“Although there are 25 million Hispanics living in the United States,” said Ricardo Lorenz, associate professor and chair of music composition and codirector of Lansing IS America. “We fail to see Latin America as embedded in the culture of the United States.”

 The festival is open to the public and will showcase premieres, a Latin soul string quartet, percussive and choral ensembles, a children's ballet troupe dancing to the works of Mexican composers, a Cuban musicologist, and a Tejano panel discussion and dance party.

“The Latin IS America Festival will portray the culture not as foreign or exotic but a community right here in Lansing and Ann Arbor,” said Lorenz.

The festival offers a variety of free and ticketed events. For detailed information and tickets visit LatinISamerica.msu.edu.  People can also “like” the festival on Facebook: Facebook.com/MSUlatinISAmerica
 
Source: Ricardo Lorenz, Michigan State University School of Music
Writer: Tashmica Torok, Innovation News Editor
 
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