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The Global Studies Speaker Series Presents: "Latin Music: Beyond Salsa" - 9/8/2010

Pavel Polanco-SafaditOn Tuesday, September 14, at 7 p.m., there will be a lecture and performance entitled “Latin Music: Beyond Salsa" in The Indianapolis Civic Theatre in Marian Hall on the Marian University campus. The event is part of The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies speaker series sponsored by Citizens Energy Group, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is a co-sponsor.

This lecture and performance will feature Pavel Polanco-Safadit as he brings together a six-piece ensemble that includes two Latin musicians and four members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Together they will explore a spectrum of Latin music and how new musical genres have developed as Latin rhythms met other styles.

Pavel Polanco-Safadit is originally from the Dominican Republic, and he holds an undergraduate degree in composition from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in composition and music theory from Eastern Kentucky University, and is currently a dissertator completing a doctorate of musical arts degree in composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studies under Steve Dembski.

His compositions have been performed in many locations throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. He has composed pieces in various styles, such as modern music, popular Latin music, and jazz. As a pianist, Polanco-Safadit performs classical, worship, orchestral, modern, salsa, merengue, bachata, and Latin jazz music.

This event is open to the public at no charge; registration is required. For more information, contact Dr. Pierre Atlas at or 317.955.6336, or visit the global studies web site.