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National Museum of American History Presents Exhibition With a Focus on a Spanish Translation of the Star-Spangled Banner Anthem

September 24, 2012

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –

    WHAT:                     Press breakfast and exhibition
                              preview for "Not Lost in
                              Translation: The Life of
                              Clotilde Arias," which opens at
                              the Smithsonian's National
                              Museum of American History
                              during Hispanic Heritage Month.

    WHEN:                    Thursday, Sept. 27
                             9 a.m.

    WHERE:                    National Museum of American
                              14th Street and Madison Drive
                              NOTE: Enter via Madison Drive

    WHO:                      Richard Kurin, Under Secretary
                              for History, Art and Culture
                              Harold Forsyth, Ambassador of
                              Marvette Perez, curator,
                              National Museum of American
                              Cara Rogers-Gonzalez, soloist,
                              Coral Cantigas

“Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias,” provides a rich look into the life of a Peruvian immigrant who arrived in New York from Iquitos, Peru, in 1923 at age 22. Known for her composition “Huiracocha,” which is revered and still performed around the world, Arias led an atypical life. A composer, musician, journalist, copywriter, activist and educator, she was commissioned in 1945 by the State Department to provide an official translation of the U.S. national anthem that could be sung in Spanish. The exhibit opens Sept. 29 in the Albert Small Documents Gallery.

The press event features a preview of the anthem “El Pendon Estrellado” with a solo performance. Coral Cantigas, a chamber chorus specializing in the music of Latin America, will bring Arias’ translation to life Saturday, Sept. 29, in a free program, “The Star-Spangled Banner en espanol,” which also features “Huiracocha.” Performances by the full chorus are set for 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. in front of the Star-Spangled Banner gallery. Peruvian food specials will be served in the Stars and Stripes Cafe with a guest demonstration Sept. 29 by Peruvian embassy Chef Jorge Gomez.

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SOURCE Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Source: PR Newswire