New Year Retreat: The Music and Cultural Politics of 20th Century Latin America – Pendle Hill, Dec 28, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017

New Years: The Music and Cultural Politics of 20th Century Latin America

Experience the color and passion of Latin American music, art, and politics. Savor the rich cultural heritage and dramatic landscapes of Latin America, the pulsing rhythms and ecstatic melodies of its folk-music, and the cross-fertilizing influences of the Old and New Worlds. The exuberant expression in music from Central and South America has inspired composers around the world. While enjoying vibrant music in stunning videos and live performances, we will also try to understand the variegated cultures from which it springs. Sometimes, as with Gustavo Dudamel’s highly regarded ‘El Sistema’ program, the underlying politics are complex and controversial. Among the principal composers we will explore are Mexico’s Carlos Chavez, Cuba’s Paquito D’Rivera, and Argentina’s Alberto Ginastera.

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