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Gannon University Presents its 2021-22 CHESS Speaker Series: Reinventing Right Now

Published: 09/20/2021

Nadya Encarnacion

Nadya Encarnacion

Gannon University’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences is presenting its 2021-22 CHESS Speaker Series, Reinventing Right Now. 

This year-long series focuses on navigating a world that is altered by the unprecedented events of the past year and a half and the difficulties in knowing how to begin healing. The Colleges of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences presents this series with events centered on artistic expression, exploration of our varied heritages, and emphasis on the self and connections with one another as we regain our footing in a changed world.

The first event in this series, Las Magnificas, is a chamber music theater work that will be held at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 in Gannon’s Schuster Theatre, 620 Sassafras St. The performance will feature the CORE Ensemble, who will return to campus for another indelible show in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and to continue its mission of intercultural dialogue.

Las Magnificas explores the lives and times of three towering figures in Latin American cultural history: the iconic Mexican Ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, Cuban singer Celia Cruz, “The Queen of Salsa” and Chilean singer Violeta Parra, the Mother of Latin American Folk Music. The text is by Marjorie Agosin with music to include songs made famous by the artists Tu Voz, Gracias a la Vida es un Carnaval, and La Llorona and Volver a los 17, as well as instrumental music by Latin American composers: Ernesto Lecuona, Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Victor Jara, and Tania Leon.

This performance will feature Nadya Encarnacion in the roles of Vargas, Cruz and Parra, as well as Mikael Darmani on piano.

The event is co-sponsored with the Schuster Theatre through the Clemente Fund.

Register in advance for this free event at: https://bit.ly/guschuster

Learn more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/622696619136228?ref=newsfeed

The next events in this series are listed below with more details to come.

> Sept. 29 | Equitable Erie Walk

> Oct. 7 | Frenemies: How to Interact with Those We Love but Disagree With

> Oct. 28 | Food as Healing with Shane Bernardo 

> Nov. 6 | Grounded Printshop, Unpredictability and Presence in Creative Action