BARUCH SWINGS INTO SPRING WITH RUMBAMERICA

At the Nagelberg Theater, Thursday, February 13

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BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (2/07/03)—Hot on the heels—literally—of last semester’s successful performance and lecture Philosophy in Motion and the Milt Hinton Jazz Series concert by Latin-jazzbos Chris Washburne and Syotos, comes a performance by Rumbamerica, an Afro-Cuban super-group comprising some of the genre’s best percussionists and dancers. The concert, jointly sponsored by the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives series and the Sidney Mishkin Gallery, is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM at the Rose Nagelberg Theater on Thursday, February 13. The Rose Nagelberg Theater of the Baruch Performing Arts Theater is located on the B-3 Level of the Newman Vertical Campus.

Rumbamerica will perform many of the best-known sacred and secular Afro-Photo of Rumbamerica performanceCuban rhythms, including the Kongo-inspired rumba, and Iyesa and Oricha music, both originating from the Yoruba ethnic group in West Africa. The group membership includes Carlos Gomez; singer David Oquendo; dancer Pedro Domesch; and three distinguished percussionists, Wilson ‘Chembo’ Corniel, Chris ‘Fatoye’ Theberge, and Matt Baranello. They have all played alongside the major legends of Afro-Cuban music, with names like Johnny Pacheco, Charlie Palmieri, and the Larry Harlow Orchestra appearing on their individual resumes.

Rumbamerica’s performance ties in with several other events revolving around Caribbean culture on the campus this spring. The month-long celebration of Dominican Heritage Month began with an opening ceremony on Thursday, February 6 at 12:30 PM. The event featured a Dominican folk dance performance and a discussion on the African influence on Dominican music. The Mishkin Gallery exhibit, Sequined Surfaces: Haitian Voudon Flags, debuted on the same day. The exhibit is a display of religious insignia from Haiti, the Dominican Republic’s neighbor on the island of Hispaniola.

Other events, including a poetry reading and book exhibition on Thursday, February 13th and an art exhibit on Thursday, February 20th, are scheduled for the three weeks leading up to Dominican Republic Independence Day on February 27th. The events will conclude on Friday, February 28th with a closing ceremony and performance by the Piel Canela Dance Company, a mambo dance troupe. All performances and displays will take place in the Newman Vertical Campus Multi-Purpose Room. Read the Baruch College online calendar for further details.

Olayinka Fadahunsi,
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Related Links:

-- Mishkin Gallery Exhibit—Sequined Surfaces: Haitian Voudon Flags

-- The Piel Canela Dance Company

-- Baruch College Campus Calendar