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4.19.2022

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WPAA receives public grants for Cubanism program

Area live music lovers have an opportunity to experience the upbeat fusion of one of our neighboring countries at 3 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 24 at Hoxie High School Auditorium. Cubanisms traces the evolution of Cuban music from its African origins to all of its modern forms.

Admission is by Western Plains Arts Association season ticket or adults $10 and students $5 at the door.This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state art agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. In addition, season grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Logan, makes Cubanisms possible.
Through the public grant funding, WPAA is offering a free educational outreach activity of the Cubanisms band at 1:30 p.m. CDT on April 24--also in the Hoxie High School Auditorium.  This is open to all interested persons and will give background on the group and their music.
The Kansas City band was founded in 2016 by Michael McClintock. Its music is a fusion mixing the “Cuban Tres” (native Cuban instrument) with some sparkles of Salsa, Jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms. It reflects the richness that comes from the experience of its members and its Anglo-Saxon, Mexican and Brazilian roots. Its diversity is also found in its repertoire where three languages are included: Spanish, Portuguese and English. 
Acento Cubano (2017) and Trilingual (2019) are a compilation of classic songs, arranged by McClintock. His desire was to bring a modern touch with the fusion that comes from his inspiration from the Cuban Tres and his background of Jazz, Brazilian, and Afro- Cuban studies. Both albums have received great compliments in Cuba, Colombia and the United States of America.
Visit www.cubanismsband.com for complete information about the band.
May 1st: Pride of the Prairie Orchestra
Pride of the Prairie Orchestra will be the final program of the Western Plains Arts Association’s 52 nd season. The regional orchestra will feature music by American composers and other patriotic works for their spring concert “Made in America.” The concert begins at 3 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 1 at the Colby Community College’s Cultural Arts Center - Frahm Theater.
Admission at the door is $10 adults or $5 students, or by either WPAA or Pride of the Prairie Orchestra season tickets. Funding for this program is made possible by business, private and foundation support throughout the area including a generous grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Logan, and the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation – Dane Hansen Community Grant for Thomas County, Bird City.
“I am really happy with the sounds that the orchestra is making this year,” Beverly Rucker, conductor said. “I think that the audience is going to really enjoy the performance!”
The Pride of the Prairie Orchestra was organized as The Colby Community Orchestra in1979 by Bill Beck, a retired school music director. The name was changed to The Pride of the Prairie Orchestra in 1998 to better reflect the widespread membership of the group. The orchestra presently has members from Atwood, Colby, Friend, Goodland, Grinnell, Hoxie, Oakley, Quinter, Russell Springs and Wallace in Kansas, and Burlington, Colorado.