An infusion of Latin flavor is spicing up the Paris-inspired Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) on April 29. “Puentes/Bridges” features the collaboration of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Intercultural Journeys with the student musicians of Artistas y Musicos Latino-Americanos (AMLA), an organization dedicated to teaching and inspiring Latin music and dance throughout the Philadelphia area. Presented at Taller Puertorriqueño, “Puentes/Bridges” features Ricardo Morales, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal clarinetist, along with the renowned Udi Bar-David on cello and Rolando Morales-Matos on percussion, accompanied by AMLA’s jazz quintet.

Known as the Corazón Cultural del Barrio (Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia), Taller Puertorriqueño has gone from a grassroots, Puerto Rican graphic arts community center to a world-class institution that celebrates the arts of Puerto Rico, Latin America and the Caribbean. This unique PIFA event provides an opportunity to stroll through their galleries before grooving to the free concert at 8p.m.

A little art, a little music, a little dancing… a whole lot of Latin flavor!

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