Grammy-winning Plena Libre kicks off concert series

Tickets are on sale now for the August 27 Plena Libre concert at the Eppley Auditorium of Culver Academies. The audience will enjoy the music of Puerto Rico, brought to life with a swinging rhythm section, horns, vocals and dance by this group of four-time Grammy Award nominees. Tickets are priced at $20.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at 1300 Academy Road. For tickets and more information, call (574) 842-7058. Led by founder Gary Nuñez through 15 years of worldwide performances and 13 albums, Plena Libre comprises an ensemble of 12 virtuoso musicians who focus their show on Puerto Rican plena and bomba musical traditions.
Along with providing entertainment, Plena Libre, which has performed in 15 countries, educates their audiences about the traditional culture of Puerto Rico.

A combination of African, Spanish, and Caribbean sounds, plena was born in the barrios (slums) of Puerto Rico in the early 20th century. Starting as a solo pandero that quickly developed into a trio of interlocking pandero patterns that accompanied a call-and-response vocal style, plena soon evolved from music solely played by agricultural migrants to a popular form of social expression that recounted the daily lives of the island’s inhabitants.

"Plena has been called 'the people's newspaper,'" says Nuñez, "because its songs recount the history of our land; it comments on and satirizes everyday life. You won't read its stories in history books." Likewise, bomba is a style of Puerto Rican folk music that has its roots in African music and is dominated by percussion and by call-and-response vocals. Presented by Culver Academies, this program is funded by, and is an event of the Huffington Concert Series.

For more information on the band, go online to www.plenalibre. com.

Highlights of other fine arts-related performances include:

Huffington Concert series
Thursday, Sept. 27: The Capitol Steps (comedy); 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 11: A Christmas Carol (Nebraska Theatre Caravan); 7:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 4: “Blues Brothers Revue;” 7:30 p.m.
Tues., March 12: Hubbard Street II Dance Company; 7:30 p.m.

Other on-campus performances, open to the public

Sun., Sept 23: Guest Organ Recital by Jun-Kyong Kim (Dayton, Ohio); 4 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Sat., Oct. 6: Fall Parents’ Weekend Carillon Recital by John Gouwens; 4 p.m., Memorial Chapel
Fri., Oct. 26: Concert by Fischoff Chamber Music Competition winners: Barkada Saxophone Quartet; Heritage Room, Legion Memorial Building, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 3, 9, 10: Fall Play; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream;” 7:30pm; Eppley Auditorium
Fri., Dec. 7: Dancevision Fall Concert; 7:30 p.m., Eppley Auditorium
Sun., Dec. 8: Dancevision Fall Concert; 7:30 p.m., Eppley Auditorium
Sun., Dec. 9: Christmas Vespers (Brass, Choir, Winds, Strings, Organ, Carillon, Readers – details subject to revision); 5:30 p.m. (music begins at 5), Memorial Chapel.
Fri., Feb. 1 and Sat., Feb. 2: Winter Play; “Harvey;” 7:30 p.m.; Eppley Auditorium
Sat., April 27: Dancevision Spring Concert and Honors performances; 7:30 p.m., Eppley Auditorium
Sun., April 28: Dancevision Spring Concert and Honors performances; 2:30 p.m., Eppley Auditorium.