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An evening of Latino performing arts

The Ford Auditorium was filled with the sounds of Latin music on Feb. 9, sponsored by the Latino Studies Program. The evening started with the remembrance of Dr. Rosario Caminero; she was given the Latino Studies Award. Dr. Marco Antolin took the stage with a poem called “The Traveler”.

The show continued with the Cuban classical guitarist ,Ernesto Tamayo, who started off by playing a “Venezuelan Dance”. The South American song lit up the auditorium with sounds of good spirit and happiness. He continued with a song written by Johann Sebastian Bach. This song is usually played on violin, but Tamayo turned it into a fantastic guitar piece.

The audience got a little change of environment when Antolin came back to the stage to recite “Six Strings;” a poem about guitar expression. Tamayo continued with the “Prelude,” “La Ultima Cancion”, and “Un Vals” by Barrios-Mangore. These songs had more of a deeply sad feeling to them. It caused the audience to feel the emotion that  Tamayo was conveying.

On a lighter note,  Antolin read a poem he wrote called “Infinity Station;” a beautiful poem about a couple that aged together. The audience was then  enlightened by the music of the Mexican composer Manuel Ponce. The melodies “Campo,” “Copla,”and “Fiesta” had a Mediterranean sound to them, with a touch of Spanish flavor mixed in. These pieces of work were much more fast paced than the rest of the songs played that night. This really pleased the audience leaving them waiting for more.

The last poem given by  Antolin was called “In Search of a Childhood Shadow, ” written from his own inspiration. Tamayo then finished off the night with six of his own musical pieces. He started off with a slow piece called “Lamento.”

The piece “Belita” was inspired by his dog, the tunes in song allowed everyone to image the dog and how it frolicked around the house. “The Humphy Song” was a song dedicated to the maker of the guitar that he was playing who had recently passed away.

It was filled with emotion and agony.  Even after playing four songs in a row Tamayo continued to play the song “Yo Sone” dedicated to his fiancé. He finished off the night with a song called “Irish Tune”.
After the performance there was a reception were the audience could purchase his CD and get it signed.

There were very good reactions from everyone who went. Sara Eidemuller, a sophomore spanish education major said. “Being a member of the audience that night, hearing the gifts of two men, amazingly talented men, a world- renowned musician and my very own professor was an incredible experience that I’ll always remember as one of  the best parts of my MU career.”