What to expect at Puerto Rican Soundscapes: Exploring Puerto Rican Heritage Stateside through Roots, Jazz and Classical Music

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By: Gabriela Sierra Alonso

Are you a true contemporary music fan? Next week, from May 12 to May 15, Centro is hosting an event entitled #PRSoundscapes that you will not want to miss.

“Music is becoming more and more electronic,” featured guest Bobby Sanabria said, in an interview about the state of music. “I fear that someday that the appreciation for instrumentation will dissolve.”

This four day event will bring together a collection of virtuosic musicians who are working to keep instrumentation alive and well. Presented as a colloquium--a series of lectures and acoustic shows--the programming will explore the less talked about genres within the Puerto Rican musical landscape.

Roots, Jazz, and Classical music undoubtedly form part of the Puerto Rican soundscape, and talented musicians will come and explain how. The reception kicks off on Thursday May 12 from 7-9 pm at the Americas Society. On May 13 and 14 catch Juan V. Colon-Hernandez, Ben Lapidus, William Cumpiano, Ricardo Coelho de Souza, Jorge Quevedo and Bobby Sanabria at the Ida K. Lang Recital Hall in the North Building at Hunter College. Prepare for a day complete with learning and performance from 9 to 3:30 pm.

Saturday’s event will be held from 9 to 1 pm and will feature Max Lifchitz, William Ortiz, Alfonso Fuentes, Alicia Diaz and Hector 'Coco' Barez. 

To close out the event on Sunday evening, grammy-award winning composer and musician Roberto Sierra will be giving the world premiere of the new version of his celebrated two-piano arrangement, Missa Latina at the Kaye Playhouse. E-mail centro.events@hunter.cuny.edu for tickets! Students pay only 10 dollars.

To make it known to the world that you are attending this transformative musical experience and share it with your friends confirm your RSVP on the facebook event page here.

In the meantime, check out some of  Roberto Sierra’s compositions by watching this video.

We hope that you will join the Centro Staff on this one of a kind sonic journey through #PRsoundscapes

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