This month Reno is experiencing the best time during the year, if you have not had the opportunity to attend an event, you can still do it, the increase of activities volume is showing great opportunities to have events in different areas of Reno and Sparks; also Artown is are getting extended to other places in north of Nevada. In particular, I like to attend the Cultural Connections presentations that are scheduled every Wednesday of July, because we can appreciate the great worldwide artistic influences. Last week I was able to admired the big energy the kids from African Children’s Choir have.
“Representing all children in Africa, African Children’s Choir demonstrates the potential for children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land. The choir is composed of children ages 7 – 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. In spite of the tragedy that has tainted their young lives, the children are radiant with happiness, musically gifted and wonderfully entertaining.” It was a marvelous presentation; the music, the rhythms, the expressions, the words these kids reflected created a great time for everyone. The audience were fascinated by the young kids’ personality, commitment to the audience and happiness that are reflected in each of those faces. They are little-“big” artists.
This week Cultural Connections presentation (Wednesday July 13th): an excellent Mariachi group. The Mariachi Flor de Toloache: “New York’s all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache includes a rotating cast of 13 members featuring all of the traditional mariachi instruments – violin, trumpet, bass and five-string guitar. This group represents a new, more diverse face of mariachi. Several members share the music’s Mexican origins; others have wide-ranging roots, including Puerto Rico, Germany, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and the U.S.”
The next week Cultural Connections presentation (Wednesday July 20th): GINKGOA
“She comes from New York, he lives in Paris and fighting against all odds of their geographic destiny, they have found each other and GINKGOA was born. French songs with an American vibe, GINKGOA combines time periods from pop music to the swing of old New York with a mix of electro beats and poetics. GINKGOA only has one idea in mind: to make generations of people dance, sway and sing along to melodies that survive long after GINKGOA has left the building.”
And the last Cultural Connections presentation of this year Artown (Wednesday 27th): Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe.
“Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe exemplifies global flamenco talent originating in the company’s hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Fourteen dancers and musicians flourish under lead dancer and artistic director Juan Siddi’s rigorous yet sensitive choreography that bears the flavor of his artistic roots in Barcelona and Granada. Juan Siddi Flamenco infuses authentic cultural traditions with contemporary flair leaving fans speechless.”
I am planning to attend all the next cultural connections presentations and if I have some extra time I will visit some of the exhibits in the galleries. It is very important to be close to the artistic activities that are happening in town, this innovation and diversity of new activities can help us reducing the stress levels and it is a great opportunity to start introducing our kids into cultural events.