ILCC’S annual latino music festival is now a year-round music series

The Chicago Latino Music Series begins streaming its first set of concerts on September 9th with the experimental stylings of acclaimed Spanish pianist Carlos Bianchini; the series will also feature musical tributes to composers Astor Piazzolla and Jaime León on their centennial and Cuban composer Leo Brouwer

The concerts will be available to residents of Illinois and the Midwest states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana

CHICAGO (August 25, 2021) – After a pandemic-forced hiatus last year, the annual Chicago Latino Music Festival is reborn as a year-round music series. Produced by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), the Chicago Latino Music Series will present, through in-person and online performances, a wide overview of the many musical styles representing the Latino diaspora worldwide from the Spanish Medieval period to the music written and performed today across all genres and styles, including but not limited to classical, folk, Afro-Latino and Latin Jazz.

Today, the ILCC announces the first seven concerts in the series, starting Thursday, Sept. 9th with Spanish pianist/composer Carlos Bianchini’s audiovisual avant-garde spectacle Yo, Piano and ending on December 6 with a musical tribute to Spanish poet Federico García Lorca by Colombian soprano Wilma Rueda and German guitarist Christian Reichert. Other concerts include a centennial celebration of the works of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla by the KFune Duo (Sept. 29) and Colombian composer Jaime León by Colombian soprano Patricia Caicedo and Greek pianist Nikos Stavlas (Nov. 11); and a night devoted to cantes de ida y vuelta or round-trip cantes, a style of flamenco song that born from the interplay between Spanish musical traditions and those of the African slaves and Indigenous populations in Latin America (Oct. 27).

Alex Cuba played at the Old Town School of Folk Music in a production produced by the ILCC in 2022, days after Cuba won the Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album of the Year.

The concerts will be available to residents of Illinois and the Midwest states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana for three days through Eventive: Once virtual ticket holders unlock the concert, they have 24 hours to finish watching. Concerts will be available at 12 am on the first day; ticket holders have until 11:45 pm on the final day of the concert to view them. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for ILCC members. Tickets can also be purchased through Eventive. For the full program, visit

“The continuing COVID pandemic gave us the opportunity to rethink and even revamp the events we produce throughout the year. Music is a vital component of our year-round programming so it made perfect sense to transform our critically acclaimed Latino Music Festival into a year-round exploration of the rich diversity of Latin American and Iberian music. Much like we did with this year’s Chicago Latino Film Festival, we wanted to expand our reach and bring these concerts to as many Latino and non-Latino homes as we can throughout the Midwest,” said Pepe Vargas, Executive Director of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.

The Chicago Latino Music Series is made possible by the generous support of the Reva & David Logan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Prince Charitable Trust, Walder Foundation, Paul M Angell Family Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), The Joyce Foundation, and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation.

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