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Spanish Guitarist Fernando Delgado to Give Free Concert at Anatol Center on Sept. 25

CSULB welcomes Spanish guitarist Fernando Delgado to the Karl Anatol Center on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4-5:30 p.m. for a concert titled “The Poet Sings: The Cantautor Tradition in Spanish Music.” The event is free and open to the public. English explanations of the songs will be provided.

Delgado was born in Lleida in the westernmost province of Catalonia, Spain. He studied music, guitar and voice in the Madrid Conservatory and worked semi-professionally as a guitar player in several rock bands in the mid-1970s. He began to play guitar and sing in the choir of Our Lady Queen of the Americas in Washington, D.C., in 1991, and between 2001 and 2007 he coordinated the music ministry and conducted one of the choirs. He continues to be involved in Catholic music as conductor of the Youth Hispanic Choir in the Nativity parish of Burke, Va., as guitar player and cantor in the Hispanic Choir of Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Arlington, Va., and as advisor to the Pastoral Hispana from the Dioceses of Arlington in musical events such as the contests “Searching for Jesus’ Little Star.” He also sings as a baritone with Coral Cantigas (www.cantigas.org), the only choir in the Washington, D.C. area that specializes in music from Latin America, Spain and the Caribbean, and has collaborated with the World Bank–IMF Choir.

Miguel Ángel Pérez Abad, the education attaché for the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles, contacted CSULB to suggest a collaboration to bring two events to CSULB this fall, explained Lisa Vollendorf, chair of Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures.

Guitarist Fernando Delgado

“The first, a lecture by Dr. José Francisco Fontecilla, occurred the first week of classes and was attended by over 70 faculty, staff, and students,” said Vollendorf. “Dr. Pérez Abad and his colleagues from Spain were favorably impressed by the collaborative spirit they found on our campus among faculty and students, so we all look forward to Mr. Delgado’s performance as a follow-up to that event.”

Vollendorf encouraged both the campus and the surrounding community to attend.

“Spain and Latin American have a rich tradition of poetry set to music. Fernando Delgado brings a deep understanding of that tradition to his performances of arrangements by contemporary Spanish and Latin American artists in the performance he will give at Cal State Long Beach,” she said. “An expert classical guitarist, Mr. Delgado is steeped in Spain’s musical traditions. From Spanish opera (known as zarzuela) to contemporary cantautor (poetry set to song) renditions of classical poems, Mr. Delgado brings the beauty of Spanish poetry alive.”