USF welcomes Ondas Ensemble & Elbio Barilari

12-207PA. Ondas sliderThe University of St. Francis (USF) will present the second concert in its Latino Music Immersion Program series. On March 1, the Ondas Ensemble and composer Elbio Barilari will be featured in a 7:30 p.m. performance in the university’s Moser Performing Arts Center, Sexton Auditorium, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet, Ill.

Since their first concert in 2007 as part of the Chicago Latino Music Festival, the Ondas Ensemble has been delighting audiences with their inventive and unique programming of new and historic works. Past performances include the Chicago Latino Music Festival, Ravinia Music Festival, WFMT-FM radio and WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.” The ensemble often collaborates with contemporary composers including Barilari, artistic director for the Chicago Latino Music Festival, whose music will be featured at the March 1 concert. Among his works being performed on flute, violin, cello and piano will be “Tango for Beethoven.” Barilari will also be present to host the event.

In conjunction with the Latino Music Immersion Project, the Ondas Ensemble will present an afternoon children’s concert called “From the Old World to the New.” It will feature music of Mexico, Central America and South America that is specially selected by the ensemble for young students. The children’s concert is not open to the public but those interested in bringing students (grades 3-5) might be accommodated if space is available– call the USF Music & Performing Arts Department at (815)740-3520 for more information.


In later March, Barilari will lead a workshop for the Joliet All-City Orchestra, directed by members of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra, at Joliet’s Washington Junior High School. He will also conduct a private vocal/choral workshop for junior high and high school students and a private orchestra/band workshop for high school students at USF.


The USF Latino Music Immersion Project is funded in part by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The initiative includes public concerts and private music workshops for students of Joliet high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools– all developed to showcase the music of Latin-American countries.

“We were awarded this grant in order to instill a sense of understanding and pride in the wonderful music of various Latino cultures,” said USF music professor Clarice Hearne, coordinator of the Latino Music Immersion Project. “But also, it’s valuable for people not exposed to the Latino culture to have the opportunity to understand and appreciate it through music.”

The third and final performance in the concert series will be Robert Gruca on March 15. To learn more about the Latino Music Immersion Project or other performances in USF’s Music at Moser series, visit Concert tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens (65+), USF alumni and non-USF students.

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