Music by American Composers Inspired by Mexico at Heart of “La Fiesta Mexicana” Performance May 3

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – In keeping with the College’s yearlong focus on Latin America as part of its debut “Global Initiative,” the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band will present its final concert of the 2007-08 academic year under the theme of “La Fiesta Mexicana: American Composers Inspired by Mexico.”

The band, under the direction of Kevin Scott, will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 3 at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South Street. The band is comprised of SUNY Orange students and members of the community.

The concert will feature H. Owen Reed’s celebrated Mexican folk song symphony “La Fiesta Mexicana,” inspired by indigenous music from sacred and pagan village services and composed on a Guggenheim fellowship in 1948.

Additional selections on the play list include Earle Hagen’s “Mexican Suite,” incorporating music from the celebrated NBC television series “I Spy;” John Cacavas’ “Matador;” Will Schaefer’s “Tortilla Flats and Sharps;” and Sammy Nestico’s “Vaquero.” A pre-concert lecture and discussion by Scott and Paul Basinski, interim chair of the College’s Global Studies program and coordinator of the Global Initiative, will be held prior to the concert (7:30 p.m.).

The performance is jointly sponsored by “Global Initiative: Latin America” and the SUNY Orange Arts and Communication Department. Admission is $5. The Paramount Theatre is universally accessible. For more information, call (845) 341-4787.

Community members interested in joining the band are invited to call (845) 341-4393.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940