To the beat of Latin America’s rhythms and songs, the Asociación Nacional de Música Latino Americana (ANMLA) and St. Augustine College (SAC) announced an agreement that will allow the children of SAC’s students, teachers and administrative staff to receive musical instrument classes for free.

The announcement was made on October 14 during the concert offered by the Orquesta Sabor Latino de los Hermanos Alvarez and Orquesta Juvenil at the Charlie Chaplin auditorium of St. Augustine College. The concert showcased the talent of the children musicians who learned to play such instruments as piano, clarinet, saxophone, violin, guitar and percussion among others. That night, despite the heavy rain that hit the city, more than a hundred people gathered not only to enjoy the music but also taste such traditional dishes as Oaxacan tamales, champurrados (Mexican hot chocolate), flautas, arroz con leche (rice pudding), chicharrones (pork rinds) and assorted tacos.

Agreement between SAC and ANMLA

The partnership between St. Augustine College and the Asociación Nacional de Música Latino Americana will allow the children of SAC students, teachers and administrative staff to take advantage of the courses offered by professional ANMLA musicians at no cost to the students.

ANMLA is a non-profit organization that believes that the preservation of Latin American music is culturally vital. Those efforts include a wide range of projects related to music in Chicago, as a way to introduce and revitalize Latin American big band music for a new generation. One of these efforts, The Academy “Las Americas”, offers free music education to disadvantaged youth in the Chicago area. Students from 10 to 18 years old are taught to play an instrument used in the Latin American Music Orchestra, how to read music and play alongside other students or musicians with experience in a Latin American Orchestra.

Interested parents must complete the Student Registration Form and the Photo Authorization Form. You can download them from its web site (http://www.anmla.org/registration.html), complete and send them to: anmla_inc@yahoo.com. For more information contact anmla_inc@yahoo.com or call (773) 523-0591, (312) 733-3567 and (847) 691-3296.

BY EDUARDO ALEGRIA

ENGLISH VERSION EDITED BY ALEJANDRO RIERA