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Salsa Manzana coming to Lawrence University

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BY George Halas

As previously reported by The Inquisition, Salsa Manzana is one of the most fun bands in the Fox Cities and plays music to which one simply must dance.

On February 21st at The Lawrence University Memorial Chapel at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), there will be a unique opportunity to have fun, dance and support a good cause. Salsa Manzana will join forces with Zeke and Pamela Cribbs of Boogie Ballroom Dance for an evening of music and dancing to support BLUME Haiti (Building Leaders Using Music Education), a non-profit organization that seeks to change the life trajectory of children in Haiti by supporting music programs throughout the island.

JoseandGessoitLed by Professor of Music Janet Anthony, Lawrence has been involved in Haiti for almost twenty years.

“I first went to Haiti in 1996,” Anthony said. “Since then almost 80 students and several faculty, Jose Encarnacion, Director of Jazz Studies, being the latest, have gone to Haiti to teach with me.  In 2012, along with Haitian colleagues and a number of long-term volunteer teachers including four LU alumni, we formed BLUME Haiti (http://www.blumehaiti.org/), a non-profit that works with Haitian and international partners to develop leadership skills, awaken individual potential and create opportunities for social and civic collaboration and economic development through music education and performance.”

In addition to this fabulous 12-piece band featuring some of the Fox Cities’ best musicians – including Encarnacion, as well as other LU professors and former students – playing salsa, merengue, Brazilian, Latin jazz, cha cha, bolero and other fun music, the suggested $10.00 donation ($5 for students) includes an auction of painted cellos, an open dance floor and a dance lesson with Zeke and Pamela Cribbs.

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