March Madness of a different kind kicks off Wednesday, when the Pregones Theater begins its annual “March is Music” festival, a medley of music and dance performances celebrating Latin culture and arts.”It’s a unique series in the sense that we present contemporary works as well as classical pieces,” said Pregones’ associate artistic director, Alvan Colón Lespier.”We try to give our audience a wide menu of things to select.”The series starts with a free concert Wednesday night by Ensemble ACJW, featuring musicians from Carnegie Hall, Juilliard and the Weill Music Institute.Each weekend, the Concourse Village theater will feature a new performance, including pioneering Puerto Rican soprano Eva de La O, jazz musician Konrad Adderley, Grammy-nominated trombonist Papo Vazquez and dance favorites Los Pleneros de la 21.”It’s a theater for us, by us,” said Christina Rosado, of East Tremont, a volunteer with the theater company. “But they also try to be inclusive. It’s great.”Pregones has come a long way from its genesis as a small troupe of Puerto Rican actors struggling to do community theater in an abandoned school.Now in its 31st season, the company has become a leading Latin arts group, boasting its own theater.The intimate, 130-seat setting on Walton Ave. is… Read full this story
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