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Hudson Valley Community College Presents Humanities, Arts and Cultural Festival Oct. 1 through Oct. 6

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8071 or Siobhan Quinn (528) 629-7170

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Sept. 21, 2001

Hudson Valley Community College proudly presents the first annual Humanities, Arts and Cultural Festival from Oct. 1 through Oct. 6, 2001. All events take place on the Hudson Valley campus at 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY.  For more information, call 629-7170.

October 1
Alex Torres e Los Reyes Latino
Free and open to the public.
Siek Campus Center, first floor
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Led by bassist/vocalist Alex Torres, Los Reyes Latinos (The Latin Kings), a 13-piece ensemble from Amsterdam, New York are simply the hottest tropical dance music ensembles in the East coast\'s Tri-State Area (New York, New Jersey &  Pennsylvania). Elementos (Elements) is the title of their fifth and latest, a double-CD package featuring nine merengue selections style Disc 2, Para Yemayá, features nine salsa selections. Named Metroland Year In Review Best Recording: \"Stepping into Latin Jazz, with some goofing around with fake TV themes and big band styles, Amsterico\'s finest finally get the national attention they so richly deserve."  They rocked the campus center last year and we just had to bring them back!

October 3
Maria Zemantauski, performance and lecture
Free and open to the public.
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.
Noon to 1 p.m.

Guitarist Maria Zemantauski is one of the most fascinating performing artists to emerge from New York\'s Capital Region. Her life-long love affair with the guitar has taken her through many styles of music, but most significantly to the world of classical and flamenco. While she believes that the expressive possibilities of the guitar are limitless, she feels that the indigenous voice of her instrument is found within the flamenco art form. She has claimed this genre of music as her own with passion, confidence and grace.   Maria\'s CDs, \"Mrs. Laughinghouse\" (1997) and \"Seeing Red\" (2000), have won her national acclaim. In addition to solo concerts, she performs in ensembles with dancers and other musicians, creating an exciting dialogue between percussion, movement and strings. Her dynamic programs are a unique blend of artistic freedom, innovation and tradition.  Her multi-media presentations discuss the relationship between music, culture and experience with a particular emphasis on gender ideology in the flamenco art form. The synthesis of music and anthropology is inspired by her commitment to promote the arts as a vital educational component and an integral part of society. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Music from SUNY at New Paltz and a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from SUNY at Albany.

Thursday, Oct. 4
10 - 11 a.m. - Yacub Addy, of Odadaa!, will speak on his influences as a traditional artist
Noon to 1 p.m. - Odadaa! Performance
Maureen Stapleton Theatre

5 to 7 p.m. - Reception
Hugo Xavier Bastidas Paintings and Drawings
Exhibition Oct. 4 – Nov. 15
Artist Lecture, Thurs. Nov. 15, 2 p.m.
Marvin Library, adjacent to visitor parking lot

7:30 – 9 p.m.
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and woodworker and carver Jim Lewis present their work in progress. Discussion to follow.
Maureen Stapleton Theatre
8 p.m.
$5 general admission, students and seniors free.

Burt Fay in ANTIGONE, a one man show with masks by local designer Jim Lewis, Discussion to Follow.
Maureen Stapleton Theatre
8 p.m.
$5 general admission, students and seniors free

October 6 - Shafaatulah Khan, Master Sitar Player with Tabla and Dancer.
Maureen Stapleton Theatre
8 p.m.
$8 general admission, HVCC ID and seniors free

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning and workforce training.