13th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival

September 23-25, 2022

West Palm Beach, FL 


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.  The festival was envisioned and organized by Dr. Estibaliz Gastesi and Dr. Márcio Bezerra 13 years ago as a way to commemorate their 10th year living and performing in Palm Beach County. 

This year, the festival will have a conference format to include papers, lecture-recitals, and performances, all relating to the subject of concert music written by composers of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. The festival will feature concerts of new and historic music, including music influenced by Latin idioms written by non-Latin composers. See our past performers




Watch Duo Gastesi-Bezerra performs Tres Romances Argentinos by Carlos Guastavino 





PBA’s 13th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival will take place on September 23-25, 2022, in the Vera Lea Rinker Music and Fine Arts Building on the West Palm Beach campus. We will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday with a Presenters Program Concert and continue through Sunday afternoon with the last session wrapping up around 3:00 p.m.

We invite you to join us and register below!

Date/Time: Friday, September 23, 2022 at 4 p.m. to Sunday September 25, 2022 at 3 p.m. 


Vera Lea Rinker Hall - Palm Beach Atlantic University
326 Acacia Road
West Palm Beach FL 33401



Friday, September 23, 2022

5 p.m.           

Welcome table - Registration

7 p.m.                             


Opening Concert – Presenters Program I

Joaquín Turina, Piano Quartet in A minor, op. 67 – The Aurelian String Trio and Dominic Dousa

A Central American Lost Gem: Acuarelas Chapinas (Guatemalan Watercolors) – Alfonso Hernández, M.M and Carlos Fernando Jr. Medina 2 Pianos


9 p.m.


Welcome Dinner @ Havana Restaurant


Saturday, September 24, 2022

9 - 11 a.m.



9 a.m.


A “Latent Inquietude” for Oboe and Piano: A Reading of Florentin Giménez's Concerto in C Minor (1986) – Euridice Alvarez, oboe and Alfredo Colman, piano

9:40 a.m.   


A perspective on the implementation and development of Parisian 20th century aesthetics in Guatemala 1900-1954 – Alfonso Hernandez

10:20 a.m.  


Ginastera and Guarnieri: A lecture recital on impressions from Latin American culture – Dr. Carlos Audi, cello, and Adam Booher, piano





11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.         


HISPANIC VOCAL STUDIES, Dr. Marcio Bezerra, Session chair

11:15 a.m.                                   

Exploring Potential Benefits of Spanish-Language Vocal Repertoire for Minority - Serving Institutions – Sakinah A. Davis

11:55 a.m.           


Embarrassment to Empowerment: Navigating through Mexican vocal music and recognizing biases in current performance practices – Ryan R. Fellman

12:20 p.m.         

Into a Music Forest: Four Entrepreneurial Creations – Fernando López Flores

1 p.m.



Lunch Break



 3 p.m.   

CONCERT – Presenters’ Program 2

Ccantu (2011) Peruvian composer, Jimmy López (b. 1978) - Shannon Wettstein-Sadler, pianist

Trío para cuerdas - Manuel Ponce

Petite Suite Dans Le Style Ancien - Manuel Ponce - Aurelian String Trio




4 - 6 p.m.

Topics in Hispanic Early Music, Dr. Tom Cimarusti, Session chair

4 p.m.

Bower Barock Ensemble: A Lecture Recital – Fernando López Flores

4:40 p.m.

The Marian Motet Cycle of Juan de Esquivel – Michael B. O’Connor

5:20 p.m.

Four Masses from the California Missions: Comparing and Contrasting – Harmony Rose Murphy

6 p.m. 

Reception with the Dean

7:30 p.m. 

CONCERT – Duo Gastesi-Bezerra


Sunday, September 26, 2021

2 p.m.                             

Artist Talk: Presenting 20th Century Piano Music from Mexico – Martin Camacho

3 p.m.

CONCERT – Martin Camacho

Festival Concludes

Coming from out of town for this event? See our conference hotel rate:

  • Rate: $109 USD/night* ( BOOK FAST - Rates are subject to availability). Conference Hotel Link to Access Discounted Rate: HERE
  • What's included: Complimentary breakfast, parking, and WiFi included. 
  • Discount code: The code is G-PBAH, which can be provided to the reservations agent should you decide to book your hotel stay over the phone.
  • Phone: (561) 655-1454
  • Hotel Location: 
Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown
295 Lakeview Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401


Past Performers 

Caio Pagano

Caio Pagano

  Caio Pagano Peforms Carnaval das crianças by Heitor Villa-Lobos

Watch Video

Zaray Rodriquez 

Mezzo-Soprano Zaray Rodriguez performs Montsalvatge

Watch Video 

Justin Rubin

Composer and organist Justin Rubin performs 17th-century Portuguese works

Watch Video