Crisp Museum Hosting ‘Arte Cubano’ Music Concert Oct. 5


The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is hosting a concert featuring compositions written by Cuban composers, inspired by Cuban music and culture and performed by Southeast students and faculty.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5. Admission is free.

The concert is in conjunction with the “Arte Cubano” exhibition currently on display through Oct. 28. “Arte Cubano” highlights a universally agreed-upon characteristic of the island’s art: an incredible diversity. Cuban art is so rich in large part because of its diverse cultural blend of African, European and Latin/Caribbean influences. Add to these traditional roots the revolution of 1959, and Cuban art occupies a unique aesthetic place in the contemporary art world.

“A museum or gallery is a great place for a concert because it engages multiple senses. When the opportunity arises to tie the performance thematically to the exhibition, the impact can be even greater,” said Dr. Gabrielle Baffoni, assistant professor of single reeds at Southeast.

The concert will include woodwind chamber music by Cuban-American composer and jazz artist Paquito D’Rivera, and percussion works by Amadeo Roldán.

The concert will also feature an original work for clarinet by Dr. Robert Fruehwald, professor of composition, called “Amigos: Latin American Homages.” The concert will end with an arrangement by Fruehwald of Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s “Night in the Tropics.”

Performing at the concert will be Baffoni along with the students of the Southeast Single Reeds and Percussion Ensembles.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email