Crane Latin Ensemble ready to get sassy with salsa

02.19.09

Get ready to dance in your seat as SUNY Potsdam’s Crane Latin Ensemble presents “Noche de Salsa” (Night of Salsa) on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

An auditioned ensemble of voice, percussion, piano, guitar, brass and woodwind performers, the Latin Ensemble will perform “Nuyorican Son” by Chris Washburne, “La Esencia Del Guaguanco” by Omar Castanos, “Pedro Navaja” by Ruben Blades “Nadie Como Ella” by Omar Alfanno and “Como Ves” by Ozomatli.                                              

Under the direction of Crane School of Music faculty member Dr. Marsha Baxter, the ensemble recently performed in Monterrey, Mexico, as part of the prestigious SAT Festival. In addition to international venues, the members also enjoy playing in local after-hours hot spots.

Dr. Baxter has taught music in New York City schools, where she developed a program that has been a model for other programs. She has also studied the baroque flute in Europe, toured Japan representing the Austrian government and in 1989, received an American Orff-Schulwerk Association grant to study pre-Columbian music and dance with a Huichol Indian in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dr. Baxter holds a music education degree from the University of Maryland, an early music degree from New England Conservatory of Music and a Doctor of Education degree from the Teacher's College of Columbia University, where she studied the integration of world music and music education.

The recital is free, and the public is welcome to attend.