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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Dietrich Theater

May 01. 2013 1:16PM

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What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with guitar music from Mexico! On Sunday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo in Spanish) at 3 p.m. at the Dietrich Theater, Jay Steveskey will pay tribute to Mexico’s rich folk music heritage by performing our southern neighbor’s vibrant songs and dances as well as exploring and sharing the country’s exciting and diverse contemporary classical music for the guitar.

Cinco de Mayo originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

One of the featured composers of the concert is Manuel Ponce (1882-1948), a Mexican composer whose work as a composer, music educator and scholar of Mexican music, connected the concert scene with a usually forgotten tradition of popular song and Mexican folklore. Many of his compositions are strongly influenced by the harmonies and form of traditional songs. Ponce was a good friend of the great classical guitarist, Andres Segovia and wrote many compositions for him. Ponce will be featured in the first half of the concert.

The second half of the of the concert is entitled “Estampas y Bosquejos de Mexico” (Prints and Sketches of Mexico), and will feature more modern works by the prominent contemporary Mexican composers, Julio Cesar Oliva and Ernesto Garcia de Leon.

The Dietrich Theater is pleased to bring Jay back for another musical journey to yet another musical heritage. He has celebrated the music of Andres Segovia and many Latin American composers at the Dietrich Theater and has a wide following.

Jay Steveskey is active as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He has been featured on WVIA-FM and Scranton Today TV, is founder and president of the Classical Guitar Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania and runs the Fiddle Lake Classical Guitar School in Susquehanna County, PA. The various chamber ensembles he performs with include the NEPA Guitar Trio, Wargo-Steveskey Flute and Guitar Duo, Smeltzer-Steveskey Theremin and Guitar Duo and the Sweeny-Steveskey Guitar Duo. He has had extensive private studies with Argentine guitarist Pablo Cohen, Professor of Classical Guitar, Ithaca College and was selected to perform for a Master Class conducted by Sharon Isbin, Head of the Classical Guitar Department, Juilliard School.

Tickets are $10 each and are available by calling 570.996.1500 or visiting the Dietrich ‘s ticket booth.

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