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Norton Museum of Art announces Summer World Beat Concerts

June 21 - August 16

The Norton Museum of Art is proud to present a series of concerts by musicians and bands with musical influences that reflect the panorama of international rhythms and sounds in South Florida. These performances will have audiences moving to musical styles ranging from French chanson and Cuban guaracha to Haitian rhythms and American jazz.

The concert schedule is:

Banda Magda
7:30 p.m., Friday, June 21

Led by performer-composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda’s Irresistible world beat music includes samba, French chanson, Greek folk tunes, Colombian cumbia, Afro-Peruvian lando and more! The band is comprised of a rotating cast of stellar musicians from Greece, Japan, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Turkey, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and is led by singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Magda Giannikou, who sings in a variety of languages. Since its founding in 2011, the band has performed in 20 countries on five continents, and been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered, and First Listen, NPR’s 10 Favorite World Music Albums.

NOTE: The band is also performing an interactive show at 5:30 p.m. for families with children ages six and older. After the performance, band members will hold a Q&A with young audience members. This family performance is also free, but pre-registration is required at norton.org.

7:30 p.m., Friday, July 26
Cuban folk group Cortadito (the term for a popular coffee beverage) performs an array of indigenous music from the early 20th century, incorporating the dance rhythms of son montuno, guaracha, and bolero, as well as original songs. The band was founded by Jose Elias and Julio Cesar Rodriguez Delet after performing together with the Grammy-nominated group Conjunto Progreso. From time to time the group is backed by a variety of guest musicians, which gives the group a sound reminiscent of the Buena Vista
Social Club. This concert is scheduled for outdoors; a blanket is recommended.

The CieL Experience
7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16
Rooted in the harmonies and improvisation of the American jazz tradition, this group’s music combines R&B, swing, hip-hop, and traditional Haitian music. Saxophonist and bandleader Claudens Louis explores the wide-ranging possibilities of these genres through original compositions accessible to a wide audience. Louis has performed with artists such as Wyclef Jean, Shaun Martin of Snarky Puppy, Jason Derulo, and Black Violin. Louis released his debut album, Progression, in 2018, and shortly after was featured on The New Standard, as a member of the modern jazz fusion collective, Drew Tucker & The New Standard. He has also served as an American Music Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This show is also scheduled for outdoors; a blanket is recommended.


About the Norton Museum of Art
Founded in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art is recognized for its distinguished holdings in American, European, and Chinese art, and a continually expanding presence for Photography and Contemporary art. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century European painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso, and American works by Stuart Davis, Hopper, O’Keeffe, Pollock, and Sheeler.

The Norton presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours, and programs for adults and children throughout the year. In 2011, the Norton launched RAW (Recognition of Art by Women), featuring the work of a living female painter or sculptor and funded by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund/MLDauray Arts Initiative. In 2012, the Norton established the biennial, international Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers in partnership with Beth Rudin DeWoody, named in honor of her late father, Lewis Rudin.

In early 2016, the Norton broke ground for a visionary expansion designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners, under the direction of Pritzker Prizewinning architect Lord Norman Foster. (Enabling construction had begun in November 2015.) The project reorients the Norton’s entrance to the main thoroughfare of South Dixie Highway, restoring the symmetry of the museum’s original 1941 design, and includes a new 59,000-square-foot West Wing that doubles education space, and increases gallery space for the Norton’s renowned collection. The transformation of the Museum’s 6.3-acre campus will create a museum in a garden, featuring new, verdant spaces and a sculpture garden.

Museum hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and
Saturday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The
Museum is closed on Wednesdays and major holidays.

Admission prices are as follows: Free for Members, teachers and educators with a valid school ID, and active military (and immediate family) with valid ID. Students: $5 with valid school ID. General: $18; Seniors (60+): $15; Children: Free for ages 12 and under. Museum admission is free to the public on Fridays, and Saturdays.

• Free Fridays are made possible by the generosity of The Lunder Foundation – Peter and Paula Lunder Family.
• Free Saturdays are made possible by the generosity of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and Damon and Katherine Mezzacappa.
Free parking is available across the street at 1501 S. Dixie Highway. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit www.norton.org.


June 21
August 16
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Norton Museum of Art
1451 S Olive Ave
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 United States
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