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Visiting wind quintet to share music of Latin America

 

Quad City Arts’ Visiting Artist Series presents wind quintet Quinteto Latino in residence for two weeks, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Quinteto Latino blends the vibrant colors and vigorous rhythms of Latin American music with the voices of the wind quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon. They are dedicated to expanding the cultural boundaries of classical music, and making that music available, relevant, and inspiring to entirely new audiences.

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“Founded in 2004 by French horn player Armando Castellano, this unique ensemble is passionately dedicated to a dual mission: to expand the cultural boundaries of classical music, and to make that music available, relevant, and inspiring to entirely new audiences,” Richard Clark, teacher working with Glenview Middle School Mariachi Band, explained.

Quinteto Latino will present at 24 Quad City area schools for elementary through high school students, and will give workshops to students, including students in the Mariachi program at Glenview Middle School in East Moline. They will also perform at the Moline Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28.

“The philosophy of the Glenview Middle School Mariachi Band Program has always included more than just learning to play an instrument or the notes on a page of music. We have incorporated a cultural awareness component that gives the students an understanding of their heritage along with the music. Quad City Arts is providing our program an opportunity to gain in our students’ cultural experience with a clinic presented by Quinteto Latino,” Mr. Clark explained. “The clinic will include a discussion & music of prominent Latino composers, appropriate practice techniques, the importance of Latino musicians in the world of music and the successful path to a college music education.”

Their full-length public concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at First Presbyterian Church, Davenport. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the door. Call 563-326-1691 for tickets.

The 2016-2017 seasons of the Visiting Artist Series features nine performing arts residencies, including a theater artist, musical ensembles, and tap dancers, and runs through April 2017. For more information, visit www.quadcityarts.com.

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