A cross-cultural experience exposing students to the wide variety of the musical components associated with the Latin musical tradition including instrumentation, vocals, rhythms, and dance.
Pennsylvania Curriculum Standards
(A=Assembly; W=Workshop; R=Residency)
9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts A, R
15.4 Learning Through Experience A, R
25.3 Pro-Social Relationships with Adults A, R
25.4 Pro-Social Relationships with Peers A, R
Art Form(s): Music, Dance
Instrument(s): Piano/Keyboard, Drums, Violin, Bass, Dance, Voice
Assembly and Residency Offerings
Featuring: Latin Fiesta
The Latin Fiesta ensemble has won wide acclaim as a pioneer in the presentation of crossover concerts. The ensemble is led by the award winning performers, Cuban-born pianist Maria del Pico Taylor and English-born violist Raymond Taylor. The composition of the group consists of eight artists, each of whom are masters of different musical genres, including Piano, Violin, Flute, Latin Percussion, Bass, Vocals and Latin/Flamenco Dance. The unorthodox composition of the ensemble lends itself to versatile and exciting programming. Rarely does one hear a crossover concert that shifts from a hot salsa tune to a classical work by Albeniz and then incorporates a contemporary version of a Baroque Concerto Grosse, or a recent commissioned piece by Oscar Hernandez, Carlos Franzetti, Arturo O’Farrill or Tania Leon, ending with the audience rising to join in an Afro-Cuban conga line.
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