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Carleton Presents Cuba’s Premiere Choral Ensemble, El Coro Shalom

September 7, 2012

Carleton College is very pleased to present Havana, Cuba’s acclaimed choral music ensemble El Coro Shalom on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. This not-to-be-missed performance is free and open to the public.

El Coro Shalom is on a weeklong tour in Minnesota (in addition to their appearance at Carleton, they will also perform at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing and at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis). The ecumenical choir will perform a mix of Cuban sacred and folk music.

“Cuba has very strict rules about its citizens visiting the United States, so this is a rare opportunity to experience one of Cuba’s foremost choirs,” says Lawrence Burnett, Carleton choral director and professor of music.

El Coro Shalom of Havana was founded over 30 years ago by its current director Rita Fuentes, a former Secretary General of the Conference of Methodist Churches in Latin America. The 24-member group features singers ranging in age from 20 to 73 years old and includes both professional and non-professional musicians. The choir’s primary focus is Christian music and traditional Cuban classic and folk, with beautiful harmonies and interesting dynamics. El Coro Shalom’s repertoire includes both religious and non-religious music, reflecting the diversity of Cuban culture.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of Music. El Coro Shalom’s trip to Minnesota is made possible through the generous support of the Philip S. Duff Jr. Endowment Fund of Red Wing. The Concert Hall is located on First Street, between Nevada and Winona Streets, in Northfield. For more information, contact Lawrence Burnett at (507) 222-4351.

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