Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Nominated for multiple GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards, Plena Libre has earned acclaim for taking the once-dormant style of plena music and reclaiming it for a new generation. Featuring three vocalists, bass, drums, horns, and requinto guitar, the group infuses their contemporary Caribbean compositions with a deep sense of the unique indigenous musical traditions developed in Puerto Rico over a century ago.
Over three separate weeks in November, March, and April-May, Plena Libre will give four public performances, accompany three Puerto Rican dance workshops, lead workshops with University instrumental ensembles, participate in luncheon discussions with the Center for Latin American Studies, visit music and Spanish language classes, and more. The group will also offer a matinee performance for Chicago Public Schools students and make visits to the University of Chicago Laboratory School, the Merit School of Music, and the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.
All events are free and open to the public, except where indicated. More information can be found at music.uchicago.edu. Learn more about Plena Libre at www.plenalibre.com.