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Smithsonian to Host 'Bolero' Festival November 7-9
November 6, 2002
WASHINGTON --Bolero divas Olga Guillot and Ruth Fernandez are among the performers who will be featured at this weekend's Latin festival, "Boleros: Romantic Songs of the Americas" at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
The event includes a music conference on Nov. 7-9 at the S. Dillon Ripley Center and two evening concerts on Nov. 8 and 9 in the National Museum of Natural History's Baird Auditorium. The conference and performances are FREE but reservations are necessary; call (202) 357-4545 or for more info, please visit www.si.edu/events/20021107.asp
Performing rights organization BMI is a proud supporter of this event and is prouder still to assist with the endeavor of the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives to keep Latin music alive for future generations.
The Bolero was born in Cuba at the end of the 19th century and is a combination of Spanish, European and African traditions composed and sung from Argentina to the US. Stars such as Nat "King" Cole, Eydie Gorme and Linda Ronstadt adopted the Bolero, sometimes singing in Spanish. Many Boleros sung in English such as "Green Eyes," "Love Me Forever," "It's Impossible" and "You are Always in My Heart," have become classics. A new generation of Bolero singers and composers emerged in the late 1990s, engaging young fans and ensuring the Bolero's enduring appeal.
On Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., an all-star concert will recognize Olga Guillot. She will be presented with the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal for her contributions to the world of Latin music. Guillot and Fernandez will also donate two performance costumes to the collection of the National Museum of American History.
"Boleros: Romantic Songs of the Americas" is organized by the Latin Music Project, a collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute, Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, the Resident Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Latin American Folk Institute. Major funding for the conference has been provided by the Latino Initiatives Fund at the Smithsonian. Media sponsorship is provided by Univision.
CONTACT: The Smithsonian Institute Judith Scott, 202/357-4545 firstname.lastname@example.org