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Celebrate with Aurelio Martínez

September 17, 2018

Aurelio Martínez

Aurelio Martínez

A performance by "one of the great artists of Latin America" (London Evening Standard), Aurelio Martínez, has recently been added to Mason’s fall calendar. This Honduran singer-songwriter, guitarist, and percussionist and his band will present an intimate evening of Garifuna music filled with Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. His performance is part of Hispanic Heritage Month, which officially began on September 15.  

Celebrated as the Cultural Ambassador of the Garifuna nation, Aurelio Martínez uses his musical talents and political awareness to shed light on the history of the Amerindian and West African descendants living on the coasts of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Co-presented by several departments within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Aurelio Martínez’s performance will be featured alongside various other events, including masterclasses and a conversation with the artists.  

Aurelio Martínez 
Friday, October 5 at 8 p.m. 
Harris Theatre 
Tickets: Free for Mason students, $15 General Admission, $5 non-Mason Students 

Additional Educational Events: 
Aurelio Martínez and the Garífuna Story 
Thursday, October 4, 12-1:30 p.m. 
Center for the Arts, Monson Grand Tier 

Honduran musician Aurelio Martínez joins Mason’s Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Rei Berroa, for a moderated conversation about Garífuna. Together, they will explore history, music, politics, diversity, and the undeniable commitment of art and the artist to tell the truth to uplift and celebrate the human condition. Free and open to the public. 

Garifuna Dance Masterclass with students in Afro-Cuban Dance and Dance History classes 
Thursday, October 4, 3-4:15 p.m. 

Masterclass with percussion students from the School of Music 
Friday, October 5, 12:30-1:20 p.m. 

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