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A Page In History: Cuban Music’s Cultural Influences with Juandrea Bates
Wednesday, January 17, 12:05 p.m.

Cuban music has an amazing history with genres that bring together African, European and Caribbean influences. There are also fascinating links between the musical developments of the country and political developments — most notably during the Revolutionary period. Professor Juandrea Bates teaches and researches in the field of Latin American history at Winona State University and will discuss, at the WCHS, the history of Cuban music, focusing specifically on the global and political influences shaping Cuban music. You will then be well versed for Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra, performing at the Page Theatre on Friday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m. They will open up the marvelous world of Cuban music through rich vocals and tight, multi-layered arrangements including guitar, tres, piano, bass, trumpet, and percussion. The band’s lively Son and Salsa melodies will transport you from Minnesota winter to the dance halls of Havana! Get your tickets for Adonis Puentes at pagetheatre.org. The Page in History Program with Bates is free and open to the public.

Civil War monuments

On Friday, January 26, 2018, at l p.m. at Winona County History Center, Saint Mary’s University Professor of History Dr. Tycho de Boer will discuss the recent controversy surrounding the removal of Confederate memorials in southern cities. His program will include the historical background of the erection of such memorials, as well as the role they have played in shaping the public memory of the Civil War and current attitudes toward American history.


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