Thursday, June 18, 2009
Ibero-American Guitar Festival this Weekend
The 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 (www.dciberoamericanguitarfestival.org) or at the museum.
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.