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Latin American Music Festival at Ithaca College to Continue with Spring Celebration

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Latin American Music Festival will continue this spring featuring lectures, concerts and master classes by and about some of Latin America’s leading contemporary composers and performers. All events are free and open to the public.

The yearlong initiative, created by School of Music faculty member Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, celebrates the roots – past and present – of Latin American music.

“Latin America is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities,” said Grossmann. “This makes for an extremely rich confluence of musical elements and styles that I feel the community, both academic and at large, needs to become familiar with.”

A native of Peru, Grossmann teaches music composition and serves as director of the Latin American composers’ collective áltaVoz. He created the festival to raise awareness for Latin American music in the academic community and the community at large. The concerts provide a varied repertoire of Latin American music spanning more than 100 years, with a special emphasis on works completed in the last decade. Lectures and master classes approach topics beyond music such as questions of identity, ethnicity and cultural background.

In conjunction with the festival, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon jointly serve as this year’s Karel Husa Visiting Professors of Composition.

The events listed below are among some of the highlights of the spring portion of the Latin American Music Festival:

Monday, Mar. 3
7 p.m., Iger Lecture Hall, Whalen Center
Zohn-Muldoon will discuss his music during the second Karel Husa Visiting Professor of Composition lecture. Often drawing inspiration from Mexican themes, his music makes use of unique instrumental colors and intricate rhythm. Zohn-Muldoon is currently chairperson of music composition at the Eastman School of Music.

Wednesday, Mar. 5
7:30 p.m., Iger Lecture Hall, Whalen Center
Cuban-American composer and Brooklyn College/CUNY professor Tania León will give a lecture discussing her recent work. León has enjoyed a distinguished international career as a composer, conductor, new music advocate and has also played a leading role in promoting the music of Latin America.

Saturday, Apr. 12
8:15 p.m., Hockett Family Recital Hall, Whalen Center
The Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble’s second concert of the season includes a work by Sanchez-Gutierrez, Mexican-American composer and 2013-14 Karel Husa Visiting Professor of Composition, in addition to a piece by Sang Mi Ahn, winner of the 2013 Ithaca College Heckscher Prize in Music Composition. The program also includes works by Foss, Grossmann, Garrido-Lecca, and Davidovsky.

Monday, Apr. 21
8:15 p.m., Hockett Family Recital Hall, Whalen Center
The Distractfold Ensemble – a fresh, strong and daring voice in the UK music community specializing in instrumental, acousmatic and hybrid music of the 21st century – will perform works by Harvey (UK), Alvarez (Chile),  Pauly (UK/Costa Rica), Díez-Fischer (Argentina) and Grossmann (Peru/Brazil/US).

Tuesday, Apr. 22
1:05 p.m., Arnold and Lucy Broido Classroom, Whalen Center
U.K.-based Costa Rican composer Mauricio Pauly will give a composition seminar. Pauly teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio in London. He is artistic co-director of Distractfold Ensemble and plays electric bass with the Manchester-based trio, A Greater Horror. 

A full listing of the Latin American Music Festival events can be viewed at

For more information contact Jenny Stockdale, marketing communications manager in the School of Music, at (607) 274-3256 or