Trombonists to perform in fresh concert series

Mai Doan

Review staff writer

Trombones de Costa Rica will spice up campus tonight as part of the new Linfield Lively Art Concert series.
The four trombonists will present a master class for all musicians entitled “Having Fun with Breathing” at 4 p.m. today in Delkin Hall. The formal performance will be at 8 p.m., in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.
The Trombones de Costa Rica was formed in 1991, with four members, including tenor trombonists Alejandro Gutierrez, Marin Bonilla and Leonel Rodriguez and bass trombonist Ivan Chinchilla. Their main projects are performing for recitals and educational programs.
They have traveled to places such as Caribbean, and Europe. The group won the Costa Rican National Award of Music in 1997 and the City of Passau Special Prize in Germany in 1999.
“We have known about this event with the music department for several months,” Shaik Ismail, director of the International Programs Office, said. “We co-sponsor on a regular basis for events on campus especially when it has the relationship with Costa Rica, a place where Linfield has exchange programs.”
As a co-sponsor for this event, IPO has publicized the event throughout campus and hopes for a good turn out.
“Linfield has many students who are doing a major or a minor in Spanish,” Ismail said. “IPO will continue to sponsor or co-sponsor the program of this kind, not only with music.”
He said the IPO shows its interest by bringing culture to Linfield, not just sending the students overseas.
“This event will give Linfield students an idea of Costa Rican culture,” Marie Schmidt, secretary for the
IPO, said.
She learned about the Trombones de Costa Rica from Professor of Music Joan Paddock.
“The Trombones de Costa Rica was here 12 years ago,” Paddock said. “One of them graduated from Oregon State University, and his teacher also taught at
Linfield.”
The IPO has sent out special invitations to students who studied abroad in Costa Rica and other Latin
countries.
“To the students who studied in Costa Rica, this musical event must bring back a lot of memories of what they were listening when they were abroad,” Paddock said.
The exposure to the culture can help future study abroad applicants.
“This can give the students who are planning on studying abroad a taste of the culture and make them interested in going in their future,” Paddock said. “Music is very rich in culture.”

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