LEWISBURG, Pa. — Chilean instrumental and vocal folk music ensemble Inti-Illimani will perform in concert Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
Playing on more than 30 wind, string and percussion instruments, the eight-member group continues to evolve as a bold musical entity with influences from jazz, classical, Afro-Cuban, and Latin American music from tangos to sambas to Afro-Peruvian songs.
For over four decades, they have endured political upheaval, exile, and the passage of time in their homeland of Chile and greater Latin America.
"The Weis Center is proud to be a part of this legendary ensemble's 45th anniversary tour," said Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center. "The members of Inti-Illimani remain South America's ambassadors of human expression. Their unique sound, forged with passion and poetry, is a mantra for peace — in the world and within ourselves.
"Inti-Illimani's music is a true journey through South America — its broad variety of rhythms and instruments, the breadth of vocal and instrumental harmonies and the evolutions of a people with many stories and many sounds."
The Weis Center is doing a special promo for high school students for this show and one with Spinx Virtuosi on Oct. 13, since both have significant educational components. Students can get in for $5 if they call the Box Office and mention the promo code LATIN AMERICA.
Naming the new CD and tour "La Maquina del Tiempo" (The Time Machine) in recognition of their 45th anniversary, Inti-Illimani will be performing songs from their historical catalog.
Kety Silva, a Bucknell junior who recently travelled to Chile with Maguet to interview members of the band for academic research, says, "Music is a vessel for change, and in Chile the words to the song 'Venceremos' by Inti-Illimani have captured the essence of protest, through verses that have united the Chilean people for decades: 'the people united will never be defeated.'"
Inti-Illimani has performed at a number of Amnesty International concerts with such artists as Sting, Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen, and received numerous awards over the years including Group of the Year (1991 and 1999) from Chile's Entertainment Journalists Association, a Human Rights Award (1997) from U.C. Berkeley, the Lion of Venice Award (1990) and the Indie Acoustic Project Award (2004).
Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62 and over, and $10 for children 18 and under and are available at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the box office at 570-577-1000.
The performance is sponsored, in part, by WITF and the Latino Hispanic American Community Center in Harrisburg. This tour of Inti-Illimani is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.
The next event in the Weis Center's series is Sphinx Virtuosi on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Sphinx Virtuosi comprises recent Conservatory graduates who will present a classical program featuring well-known repertoire by Mozart, Piazzolla, Michael Abels, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and others, in addition to works by African-American and Latino composers.
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