julie simon (tropicalieza)

Julie Simon (Tropicalieza)

*Long Beach-The month of March has been designated as Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day has been observed every year on March 8,since the early 1900’s.There was over 16,000 events scheduled all across the United States and Global celebrations.

Women’s History Month celebrates the achievements of women in all aspects of life.The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach held their annual Women’s History Month program on Sunday,March 10.Several hundred people were in attendance to support and promote womens achievements in a program of art,music and movement.The program also featured continuous power point presentations of artwork by local and nationally acclaimed artists.

Target Sundays@MOLAA featured another wonderful program that I thoroughly enjoyed.The performers for this program had something in common.They all seek to preserve the rich cultural heritage of African American composers and arrangers,as well as composers and arrangers of the Americas.Each performer informed the audience of the importance of their respective music or dance. Each has a busy schedule of local, nationally and internationally touring schedule.

The program got under way with the Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra. The orchestra led by Janise White,Conductor, showcased a unique programming of distinguished Black composers of the African Diaspora,past and present. They performed a brilliant program opening with a Habanera dance entitled “Jeunesse” by Jose Silvestre White.The program continued with “Modinha No. 8″-a love song composed by Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia,”Gigue”(From Suite No.2)with Italian influences composed by Jeraldine Saunders Herbison,”Danza de Panama” by William Grant Still featuring the compositions “Tamborito,” “Mejorana y Socanon,” “Punto” and “Cumbia y Congo.” Danzas de Panama are authentic Panamanian dance themes collected by Elisabeth Waldo,who was in attendance at the program. The Ensemble concluded their program with “A Simple Samba” by Dr.William H.Henderson,Violonist,Composer and Conductor. The ensemble consist of Janise White-Conductor, piano, Jeff Corwin-Concertmaster, Monica Crusoe-violin, Cliff Goodrich-viola and Zethel Walton-cello.

Up next were Tres Souls.The band consist of Chui,Alejandra and Roberto and a special guest percussionist Miguel.This young,talented group brought back many fond memories for the “Young at Heart” members of the crowd.The “Young at Heart” members of the crowd were able to reminiscence to the beautiful serenades “Boleros” with its enchanting melodies and angelic harmonies provided by Tres Souls.Their entertaining set contained updated sounds mixed with Bachata and other traditional Mexican folklore music on the tunes “Tristeza,” “Sin Ti,” “Deja Que Salga La Luna,” “Serenata Huasteca,” “La Llorona,” “Pa todo el Ano,” “Hoy La Vi Pasar,” “Que Pasara Manana,” and “Voy Gritado.”

Julie Simon,Dance Instructor,Choreographer from Orange County brought the Target Sundays@MOLAA to a close with a lively,vibrant,dynamic,energetic and colorful program of dances “Tropicaleiza”-a fusion of African Dances ad Brazilian Samba(Afro-Samba).The title of their crowd pleasing program was “Mother,Lover and Fighter.”

I’m always amazed at the plethora of events that was also scheduled for Target [email protected] 10th,2013 was a perfect example with LOLA 76 Trunk show with Creative Designer Gabriela Aceves,Dance@MOLAA-participants could learn beginning to advance footwork and stylings for salsa and bachata, Hands on Arts & Crafts workshops and Childrens Storytime in the Screening Room.

I always like to encourage you to call (562)437-1689 or visit www.molaa.org for a list on ongoing as well as upcoming exciting programs at the Museum of Latin American Art,628 Alamitos Ave,Long Beach,CA. 90802

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer,music reviewer and photographer. Contact him via: [email protected].