Lawrence: Festival Internacional de Música Española y Latinoamericana

A great article today pertaining to Lawrence in the Lawrence Journal-World about the Festival Internacional de Música Española y Latinoamericana, or International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music, which began on June 21 and will continue until the 28th. According to University of Kansas professor, Genaro Méndez, marketing the festival,

you’ll see no bulls, no mariachi, no hats, no maracas, no dancing. All you see is art. It’s about the art form.

From left, performer Julio Alexis Muñoz, a leading expert in Spanish art music, and Genaro Méndez, voice professor at Kansas University, are collaborating on the first International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music.

From left, performer Julio Alexis Muñoz, a leading expert in Spanish art music, and Genaro Méndez, voice professor at Kansas University, are collaborating on the first International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music.

The festival will take place over 10 days, mostly in Lawrence, although concerts will also be held in Paola and Overland Park. It will feature internationally renowned musicians – including Teresa Berganza, who will serve as the first guest artist and master teacher. Tango and flamenco dances will be offered in the mornings, with workshops and advanced lessons at night. The festival offers a chance for cultural understandings that are not often pushed in the midwest.

The next performance will be on Thursday, June 25, at Liberty Hall at 7:30.

Best of all, it is completely free. One of the reasons we wanted to do it free was to take the music to the public, the minority population and the underserved,” Méndez says. “For us it’s not only a musical exchange, but it’s a cultural exchange between the artists and public.” Says Méndez:

“In our current world times, it’s important for people to see that others from all over the world are coming together to promote art.”

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~ by Daniel on June 24, 2009.

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