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María Guinand

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A Musical Celebration of the Americas

Friday, April 12, 2002
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

Cristian Grases, Schola Cantorum of Venezuela with FAIR School youth choir

This event marked the Minnesota Chorale's first international Bridges™ program, featuring five visiting musicians from Venezuela's renowned Schola Cantorum de Caracas, including 2002 Grammy nominated conductor, Maria Guinand. The festive concert embraced sacred and secular Latin American music performed by the large and small choirs of the Chorale, a youth chorus from the FAIR School (Crystal, MN), and Twin Cities musicians Leo and Kathy Lara. Other musicians from Venezuela were Cristian Grases, conductor; Freddy Miranda, percussion; Luimar Arismendi, cuatro/guitar; and Maria Leticia Gonzalez, piano. During their week-long Minnesota visit, the Venezuelan musicians participated in a series of outreach activities, reaching over 2,200 students at assemblies in area elementary schools, and workshops with local high school and college choirs.

Kathy and Leo Lara

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