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 has been envisioned and organized by Estibaliz Gastesi and Márcio Bezerra, 11 years ago, as a way to commemorate their 10th year living and performing in Palm Beach County.  Past performers include Duo Gastesi-Bezerra, 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, and Zaray Rodriguez.

Call for Participation

PBA is pleased to announce its 12th annual Hispanic Heritage Festival will be held on Fall 2021 at the School of Music and Fine Arts on the campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL

This year, the festival will have a conference format to include papers, poster presentations, 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.

Submit Proposals

We welcome proposals involving all facets of classical musical life in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula and the United States (Hispanic-American composers). 

Submit Proposals Here

 About Our Proposals

Paper sessions (assembled by the Program Committee after the selection of abstracts) may contain from two to four presentations. Each presentation lasts twenty-five minutes, followed by five minutes of discussion.

Proposals for lecture-recitals of classical Hispanic music are welcome. These recitals may range in length from thirty to forty-five minutes and should offer an appropriate balance of lecture and performance elements. Various constraints limit the number of lecture-recitals that may be programmed each year. Applicants should specify the length of their abstracts. Applicants must also upload or include in the body of their proposal a link to an online audio file that is representative of the proposed recital content, as well as a list of any special requirements (e.g. piano, music stand, space for dance demonstration, choral risers).

The poster format provides an opportunity for participants to meet informally and discuss their research.

Proposals for performances during the day time.  Selections must total a maximum of 20 minutes.  All performers will need to be registered in the conference.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Marcio Bezerra, D.M.A.
Director, Hispanic Heritage Festival
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Email: duogastesibezerra@yahoo.com


Past Performers


Duo Gastesi-Bezerra

Duo Gastesi-Bezerra performs Tres Romances Argentinos by Carlos Guastavino 

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Caio Pagano

Caio Pagano

  Caio Pagano Peforms Carnaval das crianças by Heitor Villa-Lobos

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Zaray Rodriquez 

Mezzo-Soprano Zaray Rodriguez performs Montsalvatge

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Justin Rubin

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

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