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Yo Soy La Tradición

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Friday, September 21, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (CDT)

Yo Soy La Tradición

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission Sep 21, 2018 $20.00 $2.03
Friend of the Arts
Admission, Signed CD, preferential seating
Sep 21, 2018 $50.00 $3.55
Patron of the Arts
All of the above, plus access to soundcheck, rehearsal, Q & A the day of the show.
Sep 21, 2018 $100.00 $6.08

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Benefit concert. All Proceeds benefit the Chicago Hurricaine Aid for Puerto Rican Arts.

Spektral Quartet partners with MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow Miguel Zenón for an immersive, concert-length work inspired by the culture of Zenón’s native Puerto Rico. Premiered in September 2016 at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the work is an eight-movement suite that pairs lush, melodic string writing with complex rhythmic interactions, blurring the lines between jazz, classical, and folk musics. Though it outlines four of Puerto Rico’s musical traditions, “Yo Soy la Tradición” is much more than a collection of dances designed to get you moving: it is a heartfelt, insider-tour of a rich cultural landscape. Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center is honored to host the world CD release of this amazing project.

Chicago Hurricane Aid for Puerto Rican Arts  is special fund created by Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center to support professional artists affected by Hurricanes Irma and María, the initiative provides assistance through the following efforts:

  1. Providing direct support to local productions and professional artists that have suffered losses impacting their capacity to make a living in Puerto Rico. 

  2. Promoting opportunities for professional Puerto Rican artists from the island to tour and present their work in Chicago, in collaboration with artists from the diaspora.

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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639

Friday, September 21, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (CDT)

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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) is a community-based nonprofit organization serving the neighborhood of Hermosa located in Chicago’s northwest side. SRBCC is the longest-standing Puerto Rican cultural center in the city. Established in 1971, it was named in honor of Segundo Ruiz Belvis, the Puerto Rican founder of a secret abolitionist society that bought and freed slave children during Spanish colonial rule.

In that spirit, SRBCC realizes its mission to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico, specifically its African heritage.

SRBCC realizes its program philosophy by developing multi-disciplinary programs highlighting the presence of African cultures in Latin America. We utilize dance, music, theater, and other artistic mediums to celebrate Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Latino cultural traditions.

In 2007 SRBCC completed the purchase of a 13,000 square feet retail and office space in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood. The space, formerly the Karlov Theater, was built in 1925 and includes five retail spaces, two apartments, and a theatre area. SRBCC is proud to announce the completion of stage one of a capital campaign. The funds raised were used for the rehabilitation of the retail areas and the conversion of the former theater into a multipurpose arts space. 

 Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and After School Matters partner to offer paid apprenticeships to teens (ages 14-18) to learn Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba and Music Video Production. We also offer weekly and monthly percussion classes, live music events, and community workshops.

 SRBCC evolved from a community arts project developed by Association House of Chicago and community activists of the Latin American Defense Organization (LADO). These organizations supported the economic and democratic rights of the Puerto Rican and Latino community of Chicago, focusing on the areas of civic involvement, citizenship, cultural identity, public education, health, safety and security, housing, and economic opportunity.

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