Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 2013-2014

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

1:00-2:00 p.m. LECTURE: “CORRIDOS: The Story of a Mexican Ballad Tradition about Outlaws and Heroes” (Free and open to the public)
2:30-5:00 p.m. CORRIDO (TRAGIC BALLAD) SONGWRITING WORKSHOP (Pre-registration required)

Sones de Mexico Ensemble

Whittall Pavilion

Ethnomusicologist Juan Díes presents an illustrated lecture on the Corrido, a 150-year-old Mexican ballad tradition that narrates tragic tales based on true events and honors folk heroes. The lecture is free and open to the public.

After the lecture, registered participants will learn to write a Mexican “corrido” in this free, 2 ½-hour workshop (conducted in Spanish), with Díes and musicians from his GRAMMY™ Nominated Sones de México Ensemble. By the end of this workshop, the group will have written an original song in corrido form. (Attendance at 1 p.m. lecture required for participation in the workshop. To register for this workshop, email Jennifer Cutting at [email protected]).

Presented by the American Folklife Center; sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Corridos: Taller de composición de baladas trágicas mexicanas
Aprende a escribir un “corrido” original en esto taller gratuito de 2 ½ -horas (en español) con músicos del grupo Sones de México Ensemble, dos veces nominado a los premios GRAMMY™ y su cofundador y etnomusicólogo Juan Díes. Al finalizar de esto taller cada grupo habrá escrito una canción original en el estilo del corrido. El corrido es una tradición musical mexicana de mas de 150 años: un género de balada trágica que cuenta historias basadas en hechos y personajes heroicos de la vida real. Aprende sobre la historia de este género y sobre las reglas poéticas para escribir la letra de estas interesantes canciones. Entérate cómo entrar al Gran Concurso de Corridos de 2015 para ganar premios en efectivo. Este taller esta abierto a adultos, niños y familias. Este programa está patrocinado por un subsidio federal del Fondo Nacional Para las Artes.

A video demonstration is available for this workshop at: http://youtu.be/-Va7jctABWY

HOMEGROWN CONCERTS
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.