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IU's Latin American Music Center celebrates 50 years

Celebration opens with Valentine's Day weekend concert at Buskirk-Chumley Theater: "Bésame Mucho, the Greatest Latin Love Songs of All Time"

WHAT: Latin American Popular Music Ensemble performing "Bésame Mucho: The Greatest Latin Love Songs of All Time"
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
TICKETS: Free and open to the public

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Jan. 25, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Latin American Music Center plans to celebrate 2011, its golden jubilee year, with a range of free public events.

Among these are a special concert series, a Latin American Music Recording Competition, performances and lectures within a conference on Latin American Music and workshops with guest artists. In addition, the center will continue to expand its library and promote exchanges between Latin American music scholars and performers from the United States and around the world.

McNair, Sylvia - Brazilian
Sylvia McNair will perform with the Jacobs School's Latin American Popular Music Ensemble Feb. 13 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
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Founded in 1961 by distinguished composer and musicologist Jacobs Professor Emeritus Juan Orrego-Salas, the Latin American Music Center is the oldest center of its kind in the United States.

Professor Carmen H. Téllez, the group's director since 1992, said the celebrations will open with a concert on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater titled "Bésame Mucho: The Greatest Latin Love Songs of All Time."

Among the special guests performing will be Grammy Award-winner and Jacobs faculty member Sylvia McNair, Professor of Music Carlos Montané and two leading figures in the Bloomington jazz scene: Associate Professor and pianist Luke Gillespie, and Assistant Professor and bassist Jeremy Allen.

The Feb. 13 concert will feature some of the most famous Latin Love songs of all time, such as "Bésame Mucho, Perfidia" (which appeared in the film Casablanca), and "Quizás, quizás" (made famous by Nat King Cole on his album of Latin love songs).

The concert will also include romantic bossa novas by Tom Jobim and famous boleros that include "Noche inovlidable," "Sabor a mi" and "Lagrimas Negras."

El Taller, an ensemble project of the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble, will perform with vocalist Yuriria Rodriguez, trumpeter Bruno Lourensetto, violinist Daniel Stein and the ensemble's Guitar Group.

Tellez, who is also artistic director of Latin American Popular Music Ensemble, and Espen Jensen, the resident music director, say they are delighted to see the return of the ensemble to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.