MERIDEN – Are you interested in learning more about Hispanic heritage through music? If so, on Saturday, the Meriden Public Library will host an interactive musical performance to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Audiences will be able to learn, dance, sing and play instruments during the concert, which will take place at 11 a.m. at the Meriden Green Amphitheater.
Surcari, a group that plays Latin American music, will perform.
Lauren Thompson, responsible for community services at the library, said she encouraged people of all ages to join in on the show.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” she said.
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15.
Surcari is a mixed word combining “sur,” which means south in Spanish, and “curry,” which is a short form the group uses for the Caribbean.
Lorena Garay, one of the three members of Surcari, said that music is a very important part of Latin American culture.
“We do everything with music,” she said.
Garay said the three band members played more than one instrument.
Surcari performs instrumental and vocal music from Spanish-speaking countries, including Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Garay said they encouraged children to sit near the stage to participate in the concert.
“It’s very interactive, it’s very convenient,” she said. “It’s like traveling through all these different Spanish speaking countries through music.”
The group brings additional instruments that can be used by the audience.
“I show them a very simple pattern and then they do it and then they play with us,” Garay said.
Additionally, group members bring items such as traditional Mexican hats that they and the crowd wear.
According to Thompson, the library has decided to celebrate Hispanic heritage because about a third of the city’s population is Hispanic.
Thompson, who is half Puerto Rican, said it was a good time to start reaching out to the local Latin American community by offering programs.
She said the band was kind of doing a history lesson through song.
“My favorite part is really that they’re so interactive,” she said.
Additionally, Thomson said the group’s bilingual program “would translate well” to Meriden.
Garay, who was born in Puerto Rico, said Surcari started in 2004.
Her favorite part is interacting with the kids, she said.
Arts for Learning Connecticut – an arts in education organization – operates the Surcari programs.
To learn more about the organization, visit https://www.aflct.org/ or https://www.aflct.org/artists/artists-profile/surcari.html.
To learn more about the Meriden Public Library, visit https://www.meridenlibrary.org.
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