CORVALLIS, Ore. – Corvallis-OSU Piano International will present the third annual “Noche de Alma Latinoamericana” from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

The family-friendly event is dedicated to bringing together classical and folk traditions of Latin America. This year’s theme is “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead), and attendees are invited and encouraged to dress in traditional clothing. The event is free and open to the public.

Pianists William Villaverde and Fabiana Claure are the featured performers. The husband-wife duo, who are from Cuba and Bolivia respectively, present “A Piano Journey Through Latin America” featuring works such as a Bolivian “Cuecas,” Brazilian tangos, classical and jazz-inspired Cuban music and a four-hand piano arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s “Tango Suite.”

Local youth musicians Amaia Arismendi, piano; Isaac Heredia, piano; Kai Frueh, piano; Ben Frueh, violin; Elsa Moreno, voice; and Jesus Moreno, guitar; will also perform during the festival.

The complete schedule is:

  • 2 – 5 p.m., Corvallis Arts Center Dia de Los Muertos activities, Guistina Gallery.
  • 2 - 2:30 p.m., dancing workshop, Giustina Gallery.
  • 2:30 - 3:15 p.m., local young musicians, Austin Auditorium.
  • 4 - 5 p.m., Claure and Villaverde piano duo, Austin Auditorium.
  • 5 - 5:30 p.m., Pan dulce and champurrado refreshments, Giustina Gallery.

No tickets are required for the event. To request accommodations relating to a disability please call (541) 758-0036, preferably at least one week in advance.

College of Liberal Arts

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, [email protected]

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