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Ecuadorian Musicians Return to Downtown Library
For One Performance Only

Ecuadorian MusiciansThey were a hit when they played here in 2006, and now Andes Manta, the quartette of Fernando, Luis, Bolivar and Jorge Lopez, are returning to the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, for one performance, Sunday, February 17, 2008, from 2:00 to 3:30pm.           

“Together, these brothers from the Andes play 35 different traditional instruments,” said Dana Morrow, the Metropolitan Library System’s Director of Outreach Services.  “Their music is the traditional music of the Andean highlands.”

The Brothers Lopez bring this unique art form to North America in its purest, most authentic form. Andes Manta provides a rare opportunity for cultural understanding between the peoples of their homeland and North America.

“Our purpose in presenting music and culture from around the world,” Morrow continued, “is to expand our understanding of cultures other than our own.”

Morrow explained that this group was chosen in 2006 because they had come highly recommended by program presenters around the nation for their musical expertise, their warmth, and their experience in public performance.

“Because Andes Manta comes from a Spanish-speaking culture, many of the residents in Oklahoma County will be able to understand and relate to their music even though it may be somewhat different from their own Spanish-speaking culture,” Morrow said.

“Andes Manta Presents: Traditional Music From the Andean Highlands” is open to the public and free of charge.  The presentation is suitable for all ages.  For more information, call the Downtown Library at 231-8650.
Don't miss this exciting trip through the Andes with traditional music from the Andean Highlands.

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