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Latin IS America, An Arts and Culturally Blended Festival

Monday, April 1, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich.—A musical, artistic, and scholarly exploration of our interwoven Latin
American and U.S. cultures will take place on the MSU campus this spring as part of the first
Latin IS America Festival coordinated through the MSU College of Music. Events will take place
from April 15-27 at various campus locations, including the newly renovated Cook Recital Hall,
the Cobb Great Hall of Wharton Center, the MSU Community Music School, and the
International Center.

Nationally and internationally renowned guests pack the line-up with musical performances and
compositions for steel pan ensemble, wind symphony, saxophone and piano, symphony orchestra
and chorus. Films, art exhibits, plays, and scholarly discussions complete an enriching roster that
highlights the cultural connections between the U.S. and Latin America.

“All the performances and events are accessible and celebratory,” says James Forger, dean of the
MSU College of Music. “Our goal is to make this an ongoing event with a broad reach that
enhances our understanding of culture and community.”

The idea for Latin IS America resulted from a collaboration of university personnel, students, and
scholars who saw the need to acknowledge the ongoing blend and two-way influence of Latin
American and U.S. cultures.

“Our world is truly a much smaller place than we realize,” says Forger. “Music, art, and scholarly
expression provide ways we can communicate and develop a deeper understanding of how
cultures transcend boundaries and contribute to new ways of life.”

The first annual Latin IS America is open to the public with support through a grant from the
MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. The festival is coordinated by the MSU
College of Music in collaboration with multiple campus and community organizations including
the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean
Studies, MSU Department of Theater, MSU Department of Social Science, and the East Lansing
Film Society.

The festival offers a variety of free and ticketed events. Seating is limited at many venues. For
detailed information and tickets visit

Contact information:

  • Michael Sundermann, MSU College of Music Communications Office
  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 517-353-2043