November 30, 2014
The Mariposa Museum in Peterborough is offering two world-class concerts for the first weekend in December:
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars
African musicians the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars come to the Colonial Theatre stage in Keene on Friday, December 5. This concert promises both great music and consciousness-raising about the Ebola virus, which is having devastating impact on Sierra Leone, the All Stars’ homeland. “The Refugee All Stars were launched onto the world stage during Sierra Leone’s 11-year civil war, when they literally became refugees,” Karla Hostetler, museum director, explains. “A fantastic documentary was made about them, and soon they were performing alongside bands such as Aerosmith and Ziggy Marley. After their tour in the U.S. this summer, they found themselves stranded here and unable to return home to Sierra Leone prior to another U.S. tour this spring because of the Ebola crisis. The Mariposa and our sponsors are helping the All Stars fulfill their wish to use these interim months to share some facts about Ebola and to keep a human face on the crisis.” Tickets are $29, with a small group of $50 VIP passes available, and proceeds will benefit two non-profits in Sierra Leone working to alleviate impact of Ebola in communities: the Foundation for West Africa and the Village Medical Project for Sierra Leone. This concert is sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocers, with additional support from School for International Training, and Dublin School.
On Sunday, December 7, Rumbarroco (a sister group of La Donna Musicale, which wowed the Mariposa audience last spring) returns to the Mariposa for a Latin Holiday Voyage. Rumbarroco is a “Latin-Baroque Fusion Ensemble,” whose performances demonstrate the relationship between the European classical style and Latin and African music traditions. The result is an infectiously joyful performance. Don’t be intimated by how much or how little you know what these music styles are – these musicians truly love what they play and will bring you along for the ride no matter what your music appreciation background is. The program will include music from Mexico, Central and South America, Spain and Portugal and Cuba. The show is expected to sell out – advance purchase is recommended.
For more information about the concerts and the Mariposa Museum and World CultureCenter, visit mariposamuseum.org/