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Oct. 22, 2004

Target Community Concert Series Presents Las Guitarras de Mexico Nov. 6

The Target Community Concert Series, presented by the University of Iowa Arts Share program, will present a free concert by Las Guitarras de Mexico at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Las Guitarras de Mexico -- R.J. Hernandez, Jorge Morales, Juan Estrada and Joe Hernandez -- is an Iowa-based ensemble that for nearly two decades has performed in venues large and small throughout the country, celebrating the folk-music traditions of the Mexico City area to which the members trace their heritage.

Rachelle Saltzman, folklife coordinator for the Iowa Arts Council comments, "Las Guitarras de Mexico is a wonderfully professional group I highly recommend. Musically it is a tight band, weaving vocal and instrumental harmonies into a complex and beautiful sound."

The ensemble has been featured at Iowa's Dia de Los Muertos Celebration and the state's first Latino Heritage Festival, and the group entertained daily along the streets and sidewalks of the 2003 Iowa State Fair, and at the 2004 Midwest Folkfest in Waterloo.

The series of community concerts is made possible by a grant from Target Stores. The Las Guitarras de Mexico event is also part of the UI Year of the Arts and Humanities.

The goal of Arts Share is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas and to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa. To serve that goal, Arts Share makes artists available in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing. The available activities range from workshops to ensemble coaching to concerts to lectures -- and even special, custom-designed projects.

The Target Community Concert Series is one in a variety of on-campus performances available to school groups and families from throughout the region.

The 2004-05 Arts Share roster includes more than 100 individual artists and ensembles, with options to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Many schools have scheduled several Arts Share artists to create a concentrated arts day, or have engaged an artist to make multiple visits, enabling their guidance of long-term projects.

UI President David Skorton's determination to increase public awareness and support of the rich tradition of arts and humanities on campus and throughout Iowa led him to declare academic year 2004-2005 the Year of Arts and Humanities, a time to celebrate that rich tradition and forge cultural linkages between the academic community and communities around the state. The Year of the Arts and Humanities is supported by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-president for Research and the Graduate College.

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