Media Advisory: Wake Forest to honor Pablo Neruda

Wake Forest will host a series of events honoring Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Pablo Neruda from Sept. 22-25.

The University is the first of eight organizations worldwide hosting events from 2014 through 2016 as part of Seis Miradas por latinoamerica (Six Perspectives on Latin America) — an international multidisciplinary program organized to promote the richness of Latin-American culture through the arts and literature. Other participants include the Inter-American Development Bank, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

To launch the celebration, the following events will be held on the Reynolda Campus:

Monday, Sept. 22: Musical premier of “Recinto de la Piedra” written by Chilean composer Javier Farías and inspired by Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. Guitarists include freshman Lando Pieroni, senior Nick Bennett, John Kossler (’11) and UNCSA’s Drake Duffer. Wake Forest Professor of Music Patricia Dixon and Provost Emeritus Edwin G. Wilson will narrate. (Charlotte Hanes Art Gallery, 5 p.m.)

Tuesday, Sept. 23: Musical premieres of “Geografía de un Canto” for solo guitar and “Cortada fue la Tierra” for two guitars, by Javier Farías, and “Homage to Neruda” by Yale School of Music’s Ben Verdery. (Brendle Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.)

Pre-concert talk with Javier Farías and music professor Patricia Dixon (Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 208 at 6:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept. 24: Harris Feinsod, assistant professor of English and comparative literary studies at Northwestern University will present a lecture on “Pablo Neruda and the Ruins of Inter-Americanism. (Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, 4:30 p.m.)

Thursday Sept. 25: Solo Guitar recital by John Kossler (’11). Kossler started studying guitar at the age of four. As an undergraduate, he performed internationally in Italy and Slovenia. Kossler is currently earning a master’s degree in guitar at the Yale School of Music. (Brendle Recital Hall 7:30 p.m.)

All events are free and open to the public.

Visit the Seis miradas por latinoamerica website for more information on this international celebration.

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