Jose Obando to Give Lecture and Salsa Performance

October 10, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Jose Obando, expert on salsa dance and music, is set to give a lecture and performance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 15 in the Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for Performing Arts at the University of Mount Union. This event is being held in conjunction with Mount Union’s Year of the Arts celebration.

Obando’s programs consist of two interactive elements that include instruments and dancing. Authentic instruments that are used in the performance are maracas, panderetas and guiros. The dance that he teaches is the merengue, which involves short steps while dragging one foot. His previous lectures have included topics on geography, religion, anthropology, history, urban ethnomusicology, African studies, sociology, dance and music.

Obando was one of the founders of the salsa museum in Spanish Harlem. He then established the Lubona Corporation, which is an educational consultancy that presents lectures about salsa. Salsa is an American musical genre that has been influenced by Nuyoricans and Puerto Ricans.

Tickets are free for Mount Union students. General admission tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit

Year of the Arts

The Year of the Arts will feature a number of special performances including nationally known groups. The event lineup for the year is being planned by the University’s Year of the Arts committee, which includes representatives of the departments of Art, Music and Theatre, along with several others on campus. In addition to special guest performances, the Year of the Arts will feature a full repertoire of music and theatre student performances in the new Giese Center for the Performing Arts, as well as gallery shows by student and professional artists. In addition, a number of the 2015 lectures will be dedicated to the arts. Check for an updated event schedule throughout the year.

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