“Celebrating Dominican Folklore” with Maestro Iván Domínguez


“Celebrating Dominican Folklore” with Maestro Iván Domínguez will take place on February 2, 2013, at 2:00pm at the Aaron Davis Hall (Theatre B) of the City College of New York, located between 133rd and 135th Street on Covent Avenue, Manhattan, New York.

Dominican musicians and composers will take center stage with its third concert in their 2012-2013 music series “A Celebration of Dominican Musicians and Composers,” presented by the Association of Dominican Classical Artists under the artistic direction of Adán Vásquez with  Celebrating Dominican Folklore,  featuring performances of dances spectacularly choreographed by the renowned Dominican scholar, educator, and performer Iván Domínguez and his Conjunto Folclórico, whose repertoire includes more than 50 dances from the  Afro-Dominican and colonial Spanish traditions such as merengue, bachata, vals, and the mangulina.

The program, which is with costumed folkloric dancers, accompanied by the resident chamber group of the Association of Classical Dominican Artists, Camerata Washington Heights—led by harpist Adan Vásquez—is an exploration of the stories behind the folkloric dances and songs of the island Hispaniola. The music featured will be by Dominican composer Julio Alberto Hernández and Elvis Samuel. Domínguez will mc and narrate this music and dance concert.

Leonardo Ivan Domínguez is a Dominican researcher, musician, dancer, agricultural scientist, and scholar, who has worked for more than thirty-eight years teaching Dominican folk traditions. Maestro Domínguez was born in a working-class neighborhood in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and was raised by his Dominican-Haitian grandmother who passed on her knowledge and love of folk religion, music, and dance. In the 1970s, Domínguez co-founded Convite, the renowned research-musical group whose members traveled to remote regions of the island documenting traditional rural dances, a significant point of departure for the acknowledgement of Dominicans’ African heritage. Convite’s legacy is still relevant and influential today.

The month of February has been declared as Dominican Heritage Month in the past by New York City as well as by numerous towns and communities throughout the US. The 27th of February is the date in which Independence Day is celebrated by the nation of Dominican Republic.

“Celebrating Dominican Folklore” is free with registration on Eventbrite; please register on www.adca.eventbrite.com, or by phone at 347.739.7664.

For more information http://www.dominicanclassical.org/

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