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March 6, 2007 > Sounds of South America

Sounds of South America

On Sunday, March 11th - at 2 p.m. - The League of Volunteers and the Newark Arts Council will present a concert featuring Ramon Romero and Cuerdas de Fuego - Strings of Fire. This talented trio performs the fiery, passionate, romantic music and songs from their homelands. Come enjoy the melodies and rhythms of Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru and favorites from Central America and Cuba performed on Paraguayan harp, guitar, charango, percussion and voice.

Ramon Romero, a renowned recording artist, is considered a master of the Paraguayan harp and tours annually in Europe and in theaters and music festivals throughout the United States. His scheduled 10-minute performance for King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, at the Queen's request turned into a 45 minute set with an encore performance. Carlos Caro, on Latin percussion, is a native of Havana, Cuba and has performed on tour with and recorded for some of Cuba's biggest names in music. He later immigrated to Mexico City and performed with the Mexico City Philharmonic. Now on the West Coast, he is a sought after percussionist playing with such groups as Dr. Loco's Rocking Jalapeno Band, Avance and Rebeca Mauleoon.

Santiago Maldonado on guitar and vocal began his career in Mexico City at age 18. Upon emigrating to the United States, Santiago has been a member of top mariachi groups and has toured and recorded with Linda Ronstadt. He is very proud of his recording on Placido Domingo's CD, "De Mi Alma Latina." On display will be the paintings of Hillary Lambert.

Doors open at 1 p.m. and the concert will begin at 2 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served during intermission. Suggested donation is $8 adults, $4 Seniors (62+) and Students 12 - 18. Children under 12 - $2.

LOV's concerts are held at the MacGregor/Bridgepoint School Auditorium, 35753 Cedar blvd., Newark. There is easy access and parking in the rear - as well as in the front parking lot. For information, call (510) 793-5683.

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