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Hartnell College Band to Present Music of Oaxaca, Mexico

May 9th, 2006

The symphonic band of Hartnell College will present a concert of traditional music from Oaxaca, Mexico, on Tuesday, May 23.

The program, titled "Guelaguetza! - Traditional Music of Oaxaca, Mexico," is free and will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of the Performing Arts Facility.

Guelaguetza is a Zapotec word indicating an offering, according to Carl Christensen, the band's director and Hartnell music instructor. "In Oaxaca, it was the term used to describe the ceremony and celebration held at harvest time each year," he said. "Today it usually refers to an all-day spectacle of music and dance."

Christensen also said that band music is an important part of village life in Oaxaca. "Almost all of the 575 villages in the state have a band which plays at parades, funerals, civic events and religious processions. In some communities, children learn to read and perform music before they learn to read and write words."

He also said the Hartnell band has initiated an exchange program with the band of the state of Oaxaca and is please to present this traditional music for the first time in our community.

The program will include the following traditional titles: "Cancion Mixteca," "Sones de Pinotepa Nacional," "La Llorona," "La Sandunga" and "Dios Nunca Muere."

For more information, call (831) 755-6905 or (831) 755-6906.