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Otterbein Tells the Story of Cuba through Music

March 03, 2016
Otterbein University

As tensions ease between the U.S. and Cuba, Otterbein University is stepping up to tell the story of the complex neighboring nation. Through an initiative called Opening Doors to the World, Otterbein is sharing the artistic achievements of the Cuban people with a variety of music performances in April. For more information about the music performances, contact Jamie Whetstone at jwhetstone@otterbein.edu or 614.823.1845.

For the entire month of April, Maestro José María Vitier, pianist and film score composer, will be an artist-in-residence at Otterbein and will collaborate with musicians from Otterbein and the Westerville Symphony during his residency. He will engage greater Columbus through performance, master classes and an orchestral and choral presentation of his acclaimed Misa Cubana (1996), a mass that blends Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms with Marian elements.

View a WBNS-10TV interview with Vitier.

Cuban music performances include:

Latin Jazz and Cuban Music
Featuring José María Vitier; Richard Lopez, Director
April 3 from 3-5 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E Broad St, Columbus
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $7 for students. CMA members receive $2 off each individual ticket. Tickets available at the admission desk or online at www.columbusmuseum.org. Call 614.629.0312 for more information.

Master Classes with José María Vitier
April 6 from 5-7 p.m.
Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., Westerville
Free and open to the public.

World Premiere of Laberintos by José María Vitier
April 10 at 7 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church, 100 E Schrock Rd, Westerville
Featuring the Otterbein University String Orchestra, directed by Jim Bates.

Celebration of Cuban Music (Recital)
April 16 at 8 p.m.
Battelle Fine Arts Center  
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Dr. Anahi M. Ortiz and Mr. William T. Conard.

     Mezzo-soprano Olga Perez-Flora, Professor of Voice, Muskingum University
     Chad Greenwald, bass
     Karl Wohlwend, guitar
     Orlay Alonso, piano
     James Flora, vocals
     Tomasz Jarzeki, percussion.

Westerville Symphony performs Misa Cubana by José María Vitier
April 24 at 5 p.m.
The Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville
Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and youths. Tickets available at the door or online at westervillesymphony.org. Call 614.899.9000 for more information.

Ensembles Performing:
     Cappriccio Columbus, directed by Larry Griffin
     Otterbein combined choirs:
           Men’s Chorus, directed by Mark Hutsko
           Women's Chorale, directed by Karen Eckenroth
           Concert Choir, directed by Gayle Walker
     The Westerville Symphony, directed by Peter Stafford Wilson


Otterbein University deepens its commitment to global education with Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World, a multi-year focus on the arts in three non-Western regions: Latin America (2015-16), Asia (2016-17) and Africa (2017-18). The initiative kicked off in fall 2015 with Chile as the gateway country. All events in the series are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.otterbein.edu/openingdoors or call (614) 823-1792. You also can find it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Otterbein-Opening-Doors-to-the-World-201943140142077.

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