Talk: Cuban Musical Culture with Dr. Joseph L. Scarpaci
Venue: Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Event Types: Music, Speaking Engagements
Cost: Free
The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech presents a talk on Cuban Musical Culture with Dr. Joseph L. Scarpaci on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in the Merryman Family Learning Studio room 253.

Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortíz, the so-called 'third' discoverer of Cuba (after Columbus and von Humbolt), called his homeland a cultural stew, or ajiaco, because of strong African and European influences. Musically, these expressions emerge in the Cuban musical genres of areito, zapateo, zampado, the theatrical music of zarzuela, son montuno, guaguanco, rumba, and more.

This presentation summarizes and samples these styles of Cuban music as well as the island's historical and contemporary vanguard who have shaped the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Joseph L. Scarpaci, Ph.D., Latin American Studies scholar and executive director of the Center for the Study of Cuban Culture + Economy will give the talk.

Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis, but to guarantee your seat, register online at

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