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Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 2 p.m. Pacific

At Home With
Diana Sáez
From Folk Song to Choral Literature

Native American, Spanish, and African influences combine to create new forms of music in Latin America. The tri-cultural heritage of the region is reflected in its musical instruments, its rhythms, and its language. In this interactive session, we will listen, sing, and learn about choral compositions inspired by this folkloric tradition.

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About the Event

Date and Time

Saturday | November 20, 2021 | 2 p.m. Pacific

Who should attend?

Everyone who loves singing and is interested in learning more about the music of Latin America.

How should I prepare?

Listen to some of the YouTube links to get familiar with some of the folk rhythms and genres from Latin America.

Is there a cost?

Tickets are $25.

How do I attend?

Register at Eventbrite using the registration button. Once registered, you’ll receive an email with a link to your personal access page.

About the Mentor

Dr. Diana V. Sáez is the Director of Choral Activities at Towson University. A leading specialist in Latin American music, Dr. Sáez is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator, and lecturer in the United States and abroad. In the past five years, she has presented at national and regional ACDA conventions, American universities, and various other engagements in North and South America. Prior to that, she served for 25 years as artistic director of Cantigas, the award-winning chamber choir of Latin American and Spanish music. Her compositions are published by Hal Leonard, Boosey and Hawkes, and the Roger Dean Publishing Company.

Workshop Materials

Videos: Background and Sources

Misa Criolla with José Carrera

Music from the plains of Venezuela/Colombia

Soledad Bravo – interpreter of Venezuelan folk music

Pasaje (imitating sounds of Venezuelan instruments)

Documentary about the Cuban rumba rhythm

Susana Baca – Negra Presuntuosa

Learn more about Susana Baca – interpreter of Afro-Peruvian Music

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    El Guayaboso

    text by Guido López-Gavilán

    I saw a mosquito wearing trousers
    and a fly dressed in a shirt dance a danzón on the edge of a knife.
    I saw a crab plowing, a pig blowing a whistle,
    and an old growling woman sitting on an armchair.
    And a skinny little calf die laughing
    upon seeing a one-eyed goat mending a sandal.