Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ibero-American Guitar Festival this Weekend

Ibero-American Guitar Festival will make its return to Washington, D.C. this weekend, this time with a unique new venue. From June 19-21 at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, visitors will enjoy three days of musical celebration from Latin America, Portugal and Spain, honoring the legacy of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Organized by the Association of Ibero-American Cultural Attachés, The Ibero-American Guitar Festival celebrates the traditions, heritage and diverse sounds of the Ibero-American regions such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Throughout the weekend, more than 20 Ibero-American guitarists will come together to offer lectures, performances and master classes in a variety of genres including folk, classical, and jazz. Among the performers are Grammy award winning Hamilton De Holanda of Brazil, performing on the on mandolin; Uraguay’s Eduardo Fernandez on Classical Guitar; Argentina’s Victor Villadangos on Classical Guitar; Brazil’s Fabio Zanon on Classical Guitar; Portugal’s Pedro Caldeira Cabral on Portuguese Guitar; Spain’s Oscar Herrero on Flamenco and Peru’s Federico Tarrazona on Charango. The weekend will also feature a movie screening on the life of Villa-Lobos. Cultural lectures, master classes, conferences and the feature film are free. Performance tickets are required and may be purchased online
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Weekend tickets giving access to all concerts and events are $50, one day tickets are $30 and individual concert tickets are $20. All events during the Ibero-American Guitar Festival will take place at the National Museum of the American Indian, located at 4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW. (Metro stop: L’Enfant Plaza Metro station.) Those attending evening programs must enter the museum at the south entrance on Maryland Avenue.

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