Hispanic Heritage Festival

2023 PBA Hispanic Heritage Festival

The Palm Beach Atlantic University Hispanic Heritage Festival is a celebration of the Iberian-American cultural heritage through a display of art music and poetry from various countries.  It was founded by Estibaliz Gastesi and Márcio Bezerra, who now serve as executive producers of the festival.  In recent years, an academic conference has been added to the event, featuring scholarly papers and lecture recitals presented by an international group of faculty.  Past featured performers include Alfonso Lopez, Michelle Tabor, Caio Pagano, Delray String Quartet, Roberto Capochi, Lindsay Garritson, Leonardo and Ana Lucia Altino, Sonia Santiago, Justin Rubin, Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo, Duo Brasiliana, Jureit Musicales, Jonathan Borja, Zaray Rodriguez Rossi, and Martin Camacho. The Sunday afternoon performance of the internationally acclaimed Duo Gastesi-Bezerra, with Spanish and Latin-American poetry readings, remains a favorite part of the festival.

Registration is now open for the Festival. We will begin at 5 p.m. with Registration on Friday, followed by a welcome reception at 6 p.m., and continue through Sunday afternoon with a closing concert from our guest artist wrapping up around 2 p.m.

We invite you to join us and register below!

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*Registration closes October 6, 2023.
Duo Gastesi-Bezerra Tickets
Cantemos a Coro! Tickets

Friday - Oct. 13

5-6 p.m.Registration VLR 119
6-6:45 p.m.Opening Reception and Greeting
(Registration continues as needed)
VLR 119

Conference Session 1

7- 8:30 p.m.Astor Piazzolla, Six Tango-Etudes
Hristo Popov, Violin

Music of Modesta Bor
Shannon Sadler, piano

Synergy 78
Orlando Garcia
Carol Shansky, flutes and clarinets

Saturday - Oct. 14

8-8:45 a.m.Registration

Conference Session 2 (Marcio Bezerra, chair)

9-9:25 a.m.Manuel Matarrita: Baroque Meets Latin America
9:30-9:55 a.m.Sakinah Davis: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Zarzuela on the Collegiate Level
10-10:30 a.m.Adam Kent: Alicia de la Rocha at 100
10:45-11:10 a.m.Fanarelia Gurerro López: Luis Delgadillo
11:15-11:40 a.m.Alfredo Colman: Giménez’s Paraguayan Art Songs
11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.Ana Laura Gonzalez: Selections from Mujeres Argentinas
12:15-2 p.m.

Lunch at PBA Cafeteria

Conference Session 3 (Estibaliz Gastesi, chair)

2-2:25 p.m. Oswaldo Zapata: Hispanic solo trumpet music
2:30-2:55 p.m. Andy Jurik: Translating the Sound – Brazilian guitar music
3-3:25 p.m. Carol Shansky: Solo flute music
3:45-4:10 p.m. Victor Marquez-Barrios: La Tierra No prometida (piano)
4:15-4:40 p.m. William Ortiz: The AmeRican Experience
4:45-5:10 p.m. David Asbury: Decicaciónes: Cantos por la vida
7:30 p.m. Recital Piano Duo Gastesi-Bezerra

Sunday – Oct. 15

2 p.m. Latin American Choral Music Tradition: Cantemos a Coro!

PBAU Concert Choir explores the diverse musical styles, rhythms, and performance practices in Latin American choral music!

José Rivera, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Sonia Santiago, Director of Choral Activities, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Conference Hotels

Canopy Hotel

380 Trinity Place
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 655-0404

Conference Hotel Rate: $219 USD/night*

*BOOK FAST – Rates are subject to availability.*

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Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown

295 Lakeview Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561) 655-1454

Conference Hotel Rate: $135 USD/night* (Oct.12-13) / $359 USD/night (Oct. 14)

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Learn About Our Past Performers

Tres Romances Argentinos by Carlos Guastavino – Performed Live by Duo Gastesi-Bezerra

3 Canciones Negras by Xavier Montsalvatge performed by Zaray Rodriguez

Carnaval das crianças by Heitor Villa-Lobos Performed by Caio Pagano

Segundo tento do segundo tom by Manuel Coelho performed by Justin Rubin

Hispanic Heritage Festival

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