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Thinking bigger
Lovers of Latin jazz, salsa and samba should make note of a special concert scheduled for 8 p.m. next Friday in Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College, co-sponsored by the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center. It will be the season's first outing by Orquesta Los Caribes, directed by Michael Colquhoun. Included in the concert will be the world premiere of "The Rhythm of History" by Colquhoun, along with premieres of new compositions and arrangements by ensemble members Anibal Hernandez and Kevin Doyle. Orquesta Los Caribes is an expansion of the well-known smaller Latin group Los Caribes, which has been making significant contributions to the regional musical scene and for its performances for Young Audiences for close to 20 years. The core group of Los Caribes consists of vocals, flute, violin, piano, electric bass, congas, timbales, bongos and bells. With additional strings, winds and brass the core Los Caribes ensemble is fleshed out to 24 pieces for a richer, heftier sound and becomes Orquesta Los Caribes.

-- Herman Trotter

Thinking positive
For 48 hours this weekend, Chautauqua Institution will be host to the 130-member 1999 Chautauqua Mass Youth Choir, which will participate in Gospel Fest '99 at 7 p.m. Saturday in the huge Chautauqua Amphitheater. The choir is made up of youngsters from Jamestown, Dunkirk, other Chautauqua County towns, Buffalo and Erie, Pa., and is the result of a concerted effort by the institution and seven local African-American churches to do something positive about the issues and conditions facing youth. Other community-driven initiatives also are planned to continue addressing those issues. For its concert, the 1999 Chautauqua Mass Youth Choir will have the benefit of guest gospel recording artist Ronnie Diamond as featured soloist. Diamond has carved a distinguished career as a concert and recording artist and has an inspirational story to tell.

-- Herman Trotter

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