Lawrence University Conservatory of Music faculty members take their talents into the community Monday, April 11 to highlight several genres of Latin American music.

Riverview Gardens Community Center will host “A Celebration of Hispanic and Latino-American Music” at 7 p.m.  The concert, at 1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton, is free and open to the public.Latino-Anerican-logo_newsblog

The concert, organized by pianist Anthony Padilla, associate professor of music, and saxophonist José Encarnación, assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies, is one of a series of ongoing community programs highlighting 500 years of diversity and achievement by Latino Americans.

Padilla will lead the concert’s first half, which will feature classical pieces by Roberto Sierra, Astor Piazzolla, and Juan Orrego-Salas. He will be joined by Janet Anthony, cello, Wen-Lei Gu, violin and Matthew Michelic, viola.

The second half of the concert program highlights musical several styles, including Brazilian bossa nova, bolero from Mexico, rumba-son from Cuba and Argentine tango. All of the pieces were arranged by Encarnación, who will be joined by percussionist Dane Richeson and bassist Mark Urness.

The community program “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” was organized through a partnership between Lawrence, the Appleton Public Library, Casa Hispana and the History Museum at the Castle. It is supported by a pair of grants Lawrence received from the American Library Association and the Wisconsin Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College” and Fiske’s Guide to Colleges 2016. Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.