The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present Sol y Canto as its opening attraction of the 2010–2011 Performance Plus series season. The Pan-Latin sextet, based in Boston, will perform on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall located on the second floor of John Sutton Hall.
Since Sol y Canto’s beginning in 1994, the crystalline voice of lead singer Rosi Amador paired with Brian Amador's lush Spanish guitar have established a reputation for their quirky original compositions that address matters of the heart and social and global conscience. They are joined by virtuoso musicians from Uruguay, Perú, Panamá, and Argentina on piano, winds, bass, and percussion, all known for their unique and driving interpretations of contemporary Latin music.
Sol y Canto is also lauded for making their music accessible to Spanish- and non-Spanish-speaking audiences of all ages. The sextet has presented their sound from the Kennedy Center to the White House to the California World Music Festival. Stops in between include Boston’s Symphony Hall, Puerto Rico’s Museo del Arte, and dozens of major community and university concert venues across the U.S. Their mission is simply to create music and performances that move, delight, excite, and connect.
One of many recordings, the band’s latest release, Twice as Many Friends/El Doble de Amigos, is a collection of bilingual children's songs for singing, dancing, and learning. It has won over hearts, young and old, and garnered a Parent’s Choice Award. “With simplicity, tenderness, and extraordinary professionalism, Sol y Canto renders a beautiful homage to Latin American music,” says People en Español.
As part of their visit to Indiana, members of Sol y Canto will present a free and open workshop on Tuesday, October 5. The musicians will discuss and demonstrate “Latin Rhythms,” their origins, and how the music contributes to our history and culture. The session is scheduled for noon in the Hadley Union Building’s Susquehanna room.
This workshop and the performance are presented as part of International Education Week.
Tickets for Sol y Canto, translated to “sun and song,” are available now at the Hadley Union Building Ticket Office on the IUP campus, IUP's on-line ticket site, or by calling the HUB Ticket Office at (724) 357-1313. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door forty-five minutes prior to the start of the performance. Tickets are $16 for regular admission, $14 for senior citizens (62 and older), and $10 for students and children. For more information, call the Lively Arts at 724-357-2547, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Lively Arts website.
Performance Plus is presented by the Lively Arts and the College of Fine Arts. Performance Plus is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association, the African American Cultural Center, the Office of International Education, and the Liberal Studies Program.
It is additionally supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, provided through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance. This engagement and tour of Sol y Canto is additionally made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A selection of video and information links can be found on the Performance Plus webpage.