(Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States) From the hand of composer and guitarist Luis Quintero, Venezuela will participate again in the 3rd Ibero-American Guitar Festival which will be held in Washington DC.. The event, on the 19th to 21st of June, 2009, will take place in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian.
Luis Quintero is one of the most well-known Venezuelan soloists. His professional trajectory has positioned him as one of the most important players of the six strings at an international level.
Quintero is the only Latin American to graduate from the Post Graduate Guitar Program at The Julliard School of Music in New York with a scholarship for 'Excellence in the Arts", granted by the institution as the height of musical studies in the world.
On Sunday the 21st at 5:30 pm Quintero will present his repertory, which include "Siempre me Acuerdo de ti, Milonga y Chorinho "Homenaje a Villa-Lobos", "Oblivion", "Verano Porteño", and "De conde a principal y Jarillo".
"Again, we will have the opportunity to experiment with the rich diversity of our region, the musical heritage and the traditions that come from folklore to classical music and jazz. All in one weekend," said Patricia Abdelnour, Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States.
This festival will pay tribute to the legendary Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, in commemoration the 50th anniversary of his death. Well-known guitarists from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, Portugal, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Venezuela will be represented in the program of activities that pay tribute to maestro Villa-Lobos.
Like previous festivals, this year's events are sponsored by the Ibero-American Association of Cultural Attaches, the Department of Music at George Washington University, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, and for the first time, the Smithsonian Institute, through the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center.
During three days the residents of Washington DC will have the chance to enjoy panels, conferences, and concerts of the artists, as part of the third edition of some of the most important musical events of the year. For more information, please visit the official web page of the festival.
“3rd Annual Ibero-American Guitar Festival”
Rasmuson Theater of National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
June 19 - 21, 2009