11TH CHICAGO LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL CLOSES WITH A CELEBRATION OF HAVANA-CHICAGO CONNECTIONS, DECEMBER 1, 2016
Featuring a new take on “The Black Decameron” by iconic Afro-Cuban composer Leo Brouwer plus performances by contemporary dance theater ensemble Hedwig Dances and the Festival’s ensemble-in-residence KAIA String Quartet
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CHICAGO (November 17, 2016) – The Chicago Latino Music Festival, a program of the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) and Chicago’s only Latino-focused classical music festival, concludes its 11th season on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago). Tickets are $25-$30 and available at http://latinomusicfest.org.
Cuban choreographers Victor Alexander and Frank Chávez collaborate for this performance which includes Afro-Cuban folk rhythms played on the batá drums and a re-orchestration of the solo guitar work “The Black Decameron” by Cuban composer, conductor and guitarist Leo Brouwer, that will also have choreography and narration. Additionally, the program features a World Premiere of a freshly written work by Chicago Latino Music Festival Co-Artistic Director and composer Elbio Barilari (Uruguay-born).
The 2016 Chicago Latino Music Festival ensemble-in-residence, KAIA String Quartet will perform all works on the program with dancers provided by contemporary dance theater ensemble Hedwig Dances. The 11th Chicago Latino Music Festival is funded by the Joyce Foundation with additional support from the MacArthur Foundation. For more information, including how to reserve or purchase concert tickets, please visit http://latinomusicfest.org.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 7:00 p.m.
Featuring Choreographers Victor Alexander and Frank Chávez
Studebaker Theater, Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue
Admission: $30 General / $25 Students, Seniors and ILCC Members
- “Cuban Canvas” by Elbio Barilari – World Premiere
- “Gassire’s Lute: The Black Decameron” by Leo Brouwer (1972) and orchestrated by Marcus Dunleavy
- “Ritmos Cubanos” (traditional Cuban music)
- “Canyengue” by Elbio Barilari
CHICAGO LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL SPONSORS
The 11th Chicago Latino Music Festival is funded by the Joyce Foundation with additional support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council. Festival partners include WFMT-FM, La Raza, Columbia Collage Chicago, The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), The Ruth Page Center for the Arts School of Dance, Ravinia Festival, Ear Taxi Festival, CMMAS, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Public Library, Instituto Cervantes, Old Town School of Folk Music and Pianoforte Foundation.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL LATINO CULTURAL CENTER OF CHICAGO (ILCC)
The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) is a Pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. The Center prides itself for its outstanding multidisciplinary local and international cultural programming which spans Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States.
Born out of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, The ILCC also produces other programs, such as Film in the Parks, also in its 11th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 6th year; and many others.
All in all, the audience has grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to more than 70,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos), who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center. For more information on the International Latino Cultural Center, please visit http://latinoculturalcenter.org.