Latin Music Nights

The 2011 theme for this annual Renaissance Ball hosted by the Bruce Museum will be: Noche Latina, Latin Nights. A very auspicious title! This lively event will take place on June 4 at the Riverside Yacht Club and will include a cocktail reception followed by dinner, an auction and live entertainment.

The Bruce Museum’s Renaissance Ball has been the highlight of Greenwich’s social season for the past 23 years. Always held the first Saturday in June, the annual black-tie event is the Museum’s major fundraiser, with net proceeds accounting for nearly 20% of the Museum’s annual budget and earmarked for education programs and exhibitions. If you are interested in attending the Ball, please contact Jennifer Bernstein at 203-413-6761 or [email protected] Committee chairmen are: Linda Ruderman Rosier, Décor Committee; Linda Chase-Jenkins, Hostess Committee; Mary Ann Henry, Live Auction Committee; Don Casturo, Art Jenkins, Tim Oberweger, and Andy Prozes, Men’s Committee; Deborah Royce, Patron Committee; and Juan Meyer and Terry Rogers Matthews, Patron Wine Committee.

The Latin music that will most certainly comprise the entertainment at the Ball promises to be spirited and elegant: qualities with which dances like tango have become synonymous…During the 1890’s, the working class of Argentina invented a new rhythm, the tango. Tan-go was the name given to the drums of the African slaves, and the music was influenced by both the Cuban habanera and the local milonga. The choreography was originally devised in the brothels to imitate the obscene and violent relationship between the prostitute, her pimp and a male rival eventually turned into a dance and a style of music of a pessimistic mood, permeated by a fatalistic sense of an unavoidable destiny, a music of sorrow enhanced by the melancholy sound of the bandoneon. Tango was embraced enthusiastically in Europe and landed in the USA in the 1910’s. The Viennese waltz and the Polka had been the first dances to employ the close contact between a male and a female. The tango pushed the envelope in an even more erotic direction. But tango became a more intellectual affair during the 1930’s, when literate songwriters created more poetic lyrics.

The first appearance of the word ‘samba’ dates from 1838. The samba was probably invented by African-Brazilians in the working-class slums of Rio de Janeiro. The rhythm of the samba was designed to fulfill three roles: to sing, to dance and to parade at the carnival. The fundamental dichotomy of Brazilian music is between Bahia and Rio. Bahia is the Brazilian equivalent of New Orleans: a melting pot where African traditions mixed with local and European concepts. Rio was both the capital of the aristocracy, where European culture was imported, and the underworld of the slums, where poor (black and white) immigrants from the rest of Brazil lived in miserable conditions.

Whether it be to the regal rhythms of the tango or the upbeat drums of the samba, the Renaissance Ball’s Latin theme will certainly live up to its expectations and delight its attendees…

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