Chestertown – The exciting drum and song traditions of a vibrant musical culture will come alive on campus when the Washington College Afro-Cuban Ensemble performs in Hotchkiss Recital Hall on Wednesday, November 11, at 9 p.m. The Washington College Jazz Combo also will perform, presenting enduring classics from the American jazz canon.
The Afro-Cuban Ensemble was founded in 2005 by percussionist and ethnomusicologist Kenneth Schweitzer, D.M.A., of the Washington College Department of Music. The November 11 concert will include Santeria drums and songs, rumba, popular sones and boleros (as in “The Buena Vista Social Club”) and Brazilian bossa nova.
Schweitzer also leads the Washington College Jazz Combo, which will round out November 11’s entertainment. The Jazz Combo is composed of a small group of Washington College students (both majors and non-majors) who show exceptional talent and motivation. The goal of the ensemble is to provide members with professional opportunities; playing in club-like settings and providing ambient music in a variety of venues both on and off campus.Hotchkiss Recital Hall is located in the new Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.