CSM brings a taste of Latin Amer­i­can cul­ture with fes­ti­val

Maryland Independent - - News - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: Tif­fIndyNews

Get ready to ex­pe­ri­ence Salsa, Mex­i­can, Afro-Cuban, Merengue, Brazil­ian and Latin rhythms this Fri­day and Satur­day in Charles County.

Lo­cal res­i­dents will find them­selves en­ticed in a Latin Amer­i­can themed music fes­ti­val mixed with some en­ter­tain­ing mu­si­cal ac­tiv­ity at the An­nual Latin Music Fes­ti­val held at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land La Plata Cam­pus, Fine Arts (FA) Cen­ter.

Stephen John­son, di­rec­tor of the CSM Latin En­sem­ble Ritmo Caché and chair of the CSM Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Arts and Hu­man­i­ties de­part­ment, said this year two con­certs will be the fo­cus of the music fes­ti­val which typ­i­cally has ap­prox­i­mately 100-200 peo­ple at­tend both nights.

This year CSM is ex­pect­ing even more of South­ern Mary­land to come out and sup­port the stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers who are in­volved in the en­sem­ble.

“Rhythm is es­sen­tial to Latin Amer­i­can music so the au­di­ence will see how all of the dif­fer­ent rhythm pat­terns of the music in­ter­sect. The au­di­ence is re­ally go­ing to no­tice how the band moves and breathes to­gether and fol­low the same rhythm,” John­son said.

The CSM Latin Music Fes­ti­val be­gins on April 15 at 8 p.m. with fea­ture per­for­mances by Ritmo Caché, which con­sists of 13 stu­dent and com­mu­nity mu­si­cians who play drums, hand per­cus­sion, rhythm sec­tion, wood­wind and brass in­stru­ments. The en­sem­ble will per­form many Latin Amer­ica mu­si­cal styles such as Salsa, Mex­i­can, Afro-Cuban and Merengue.

On April 16 at 8 p.m., the Latin Music Fes­ti­val will fea­ture per­for­mances by Latin Amer­i­can band Pa’ Gozar Latin Band, a well-known band that per­forms con­certs, work­shops and fes­ti­vals through­out the Mid-At­lantic area. Pa’Gozar Latin Band will per­form Brazil­ian, Cuban, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Mex­i­can and other Latin rhythms for those in at­ten­dance.

The Charles County Arts Al­liance Pres­i­dent Robert check to the Col­lege of Rausch pre­sented a $750 South­ern Mary­land Foun­da­tion on Feb. 24 in or­der to help fund this year’s music fes­ti­val.

In a let­ter to the Charles County Arts Al­liance, Michelle Good­win, vice pres­i­dent of ad­vance­ment for the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Foun­da­tion, said the foun­da­tion is pleased to ac­knowl­edge the Charles County Arts Al­liance do­na­tion in sup­port of the foun­da­tion’s Arts fund. She said the do­na­tion will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the lives of the stu­dents.

Good­win also took the time to ex­press how thank­ful the foun­da­tion is for the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s gen­eros­ity and sup­port of the ini­tia­tives and pro­grams at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land.

“We are very happy to be in a part­ner­ship with the CSM Foun­da­tion for the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Latin Fes­ti­val week­end.

It is our hope that next year, we will be able to pro­vide in­creased fi­nan­cial sup­port for this im­por­tant com­mu­nity out­reach,” Rausch said.

The Charles County Arts Al­liance be­lieves that CSM’s An­nual Latin Music Fes­ti­val also serves the goal of pro­vid­ing di­verse cul­tural fine arts events for South­ern Mary­land’s His­panic com­mu­nity.

“I hope the au­di­ence will be in­fected by the en­thu­si­asm of the en­sem­ble,” John­son said. “The au­di­ence will see the en­sem­ble live the music and when they do, then the au­di­ence will be up on their feet.”

Tick­ets to the CSM Latin Music Fes­ti­val are $5 in ad­vance and $7 at the door.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF COL­LEGE OF SOUTH­ERN MARY­LAND

On Satur­day, April 16, the Pa’Gozar Latin Band will be bring­ing a burst of energy to the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s an­nual Latin Music Fes­ti­val held at the col­lege’s La Plata cam­pus Fine Arts Cen­ter.

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