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Pedro Aponte on Radio Tropicale

Pedro Aponte on Radio Tropicale, July 27th
Noon - 2:00 PM
Hosted by Bruce Penner

On July 27, Bruce will host Pedro Aponte [ahPONtay], originally from Venezuela but now teaching at James Madison and Eastern Mennonite Universities in Harrisonburg. Mr. Aponte will be focusing on the joropo [hoROpo] music of Venezuela, on which he has written extensively.

His areas of research include Latin American art music, musical nationalism, music in society, and cultural studies. A recipient of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Field Research Grant (2000) and the Tinker Foundation, Inc. Field Trip Grant (2003), Mr. Aponte has presented his research at various conferences including the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Latin American Studies Association. He has published in scholarly journals such as Intercultural Musicology and International Jazz Archives Journal.

Mr. Aponte is a former member of the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela, where he played flute and piccolo for six years. In the U.S. he has played with the Roanoke and Altoona Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Aponte is also an active performer of historical flutes and early music.

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