WHAT: ¡Viva México!
WHERE: Workshop at the Morris Area Public Library, 102 E. 6th St.; Performance at the PRCA, 630 Atlantic Avenue
WHEN: Saturday, October 5; Workshop at 3pm; Food at 6pm; Music at 7pm
WHO: Sponsored by the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance and Lazos
The vibrant cultures and musical colors of Mexico are coming to Morris! On Saturday, October 5, ¡Viva México! will offer a free public workshop at the Morris Public Library and a free concert outside behind the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. Both events are sponsored by the PRCA and by Lazos, an organization that is working to bring the growing Latino population into the general community.
At the library workshop, ¡Viva México! will provide a bi-lingual program for the whole family. They will tell two folk tales through music and audience participation. The workshop is at 3pm on October 5 at the Morris Public Library, 102 E. 6th Street in Morris.
Then, at 7pm on October 5, the ensemble will give a FREE concert for the whole family. The public is asked to bring folding chairs or rugs and to be ready for a program of remarkable music performed by internationally known musicians.
Before the music, starting at 6pm, Lazos will provide a typical Mexican meal (a la carte): pozole, a healthy and delicious stew; fresh chips and fresh salsa; and, for dessert, pastel de tres leches, a favorite of anyone who has ever tasted it. Proceeds from the meal will go to support the community-building work of Lazos. The Eagles will be providing a cash bar.
¡Viva México!, a quintet, represents a broad range of Mexican cultures in their concerts, including huapangos from the Huasteca region, mariachi tunes from Jalisco, son veracruzano from Veracruz, Mexican polkas and pasodobles representing the more recent German and Spanish traditions that established themselves in Mexico, as well as contemporary popular tunes and American Indian musical styles, such as the canto pur’epecha from the Michoacán region.
¡Viva México! is a visual and auditory feast. Members are U.S.-based, Latin American natives who represent the various ethnicities that have converged in Latin America over the past 500 years. Take one look at ¡Viva México! and you will see American Indian, European, and African stories unfold before you, as these cultural groups have combined and re-combined in the Americas over the centuries. Another visual component is the diversity of instruments. You will see and hear the guitarrón, trumpet, and violin characteristic of mariachi music, but also the harp, marimba, jarana, and vihuela, with the Western concert flute and some American Indian wind and percussion instruments to complement the picture. ¡Viva México! performs enjoyable music for all ages and cultures. Each concert includes explanations about the songs and a very personable and often humorous audience interaction.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.