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Berklee College of Music presents FREE performance of Consuelo Candelaria Sextet

(BOSTON) Berklee College of Music continues its annual celebration of Latin culture, with a free concert by The Consuelo Candelaria Sextet, on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. at Café 939 (939 Boylston St., Boston). Performances at Café 939 are all ages. Visit berklee.edu/events for more information.

Pianist Candelaria has performed with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Bill Pierce Quintet, Don Houge Quintet, Dennis Brennan, and the Consuelo-Jon Quintet, and toured the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. In 1998, she won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, in the jazz category.

According to Candelaria, "The music is original music with influences from my experiences. I am a Chicana from New Mexico originally, and grew up listening to radio hits as well as the music of my parents - things like Trio Los Panchos, rancheras, mariachis, cumbias, norteno, New Mexican, and tejano. Many people will not know what these styles are, because they are uniquely from the USA, though all derived from Mexican music."

The Sextet, which has been together in some form for over 13 years, features Ron Mahdi (bass), Ron Savage (drums), Ricardo Monzon (percussion), Sonny Barbato (accordion), Bill Pierce (tenor/soprano sax) and Ken Cervenka (trumpet/flugelhorn). They will perform original jazz with many stylistic influences from straight ahead, to Ranchera/Cumbia to Afro-Cuban. Their fourth recording will be released by the end of the year.

Also performing will be Berklee alumnus Rique Colón, recently returned from his native Puerto Rico, who promises a soft tropical sound with his new ensemble.

Berklee presents its tenth annual Latin Culture Celebration, an event organized by students to showcase the wealth of talented musicians from Latin America. Public events take place throughout the month of November 2008. The event features concerts and clinics presented by distinguished faculty, alumni, staff, and guest artists. Highlights include a concert by Afro-Peruvian sensation Eva Ayllón Nov. 6, Colombian harpist and Latin Big Band featuring compositions by Diego Urcola and Bernardo Hernandez Monday, Nov 10, and a Latin voices concert with Mili Bermejo and Teresa Ines, and the Berklee Faculty Big Band. Concerts at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, are $10 for general admission, unless otherwise noted. Shows at Café 939, 939 Boylston St. vary. See individual listing. Events in the David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, are free. Visit berklee.edu/events for more information and the complete schedule.

About Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 60 years, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today -- and tomorrow.