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February 16th, 2012
Free salsa music and dance event slated Feb. 24

Salsa del Rio, left, and Orquesta del Rio, right. PHOTOS via TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY


Texas State student groups Salsa del Rio and Orquesta del Rio will present an evening of Salsa music and dance on Friday, Feb. 24.

The two Salsa and Latin Jazz ensembles, directed by instructor John Lopez, will perform at the LBJ student Center venue George’s from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free and sponsored by the university’s School of Music. This event occurs monthy and is typically attended by Texas State students and non-students from the Austin and San Antonio areas.

Both ensembles study and perform the of music of Latin America, including styles such as Bolero, Cha Cha Cha, Guaguanco, Mambo, Merengue, Son-Montuno, and others. Both groups study artists including Albita, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz, Cubanismo, Hector Lavoe, Olga Tañon, Orquesta de la Luz, Poncho Sanchez, Spanish Harlem, Tito Puente, and others.

Orquesta del Rio, Texas State’s second Salsa and Latin Jazz Ensemble, became a class at the university in the fall 2003.

Salsa del Rio became a class at Texas State in fall 1995. The group has recorded five CDs at the Fire Station Studios. Que Siga La Tradicion was released in spring 2000, Salsa En Mi Alma was released in spring 2002, La Noche Nunca Para released in fall 2004, Lloraras y Lloraras released in fall 2006, and Pasiones was released in spring 2010.

Salsa del Rio joins the university’s mariachi and jazz ensembles for a yearly recruiting trip to the South Texas area. These trips have included performances at high schools in Eagle Pass, the Rio Grande Valley, and Laredo, Texas. The group performs regularly for private parties — on and off campus — in the San Marcos, Austin, and San Antonio areas.

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