The new show entitled “Las Magnificas” (Magnificent Women) will celebrate three extraordinary women of Latin and South America, whose lives were dramatically transformed by social and political upheaval in the mid-late 20th century:

Joan Jara celebrates the vocal and instrumental music of her husband the Chilean folk singer, composer and political activist Victor Jara. She recalls September 11, 1973 the day President Allende was overthrown and Victor was arrested, tortured and murdered by the military forces of General Augusto Pinochet.

Leonor – A Mother of the Plaza de Mayo – relentlessly searches for her granddaughter, kidnapped during the 1976-83 Argentinean “Dirty War”. We experience her journey in drama and music and celebrate the recovery of the first of nearly one hundred children found and reunited with their families through the determined efforts of Leonor and her compatriots.

Celia Cruz is known worldwide as the “Queen of Salsa” but faced and overcame many hurdles to achieve success including the moment in 1959 when she has to decide whether to defect from Cuba and defy Fidel Castro while also contemplating marriage to Pedro Knight, who has a very checkered history with women.

Text by Chilean poet Marjorie Agosin.

Music from a wide range of vernacular and concert styles, both vocal and instrumental.


Center image above is from Carlos Terribili's painting  "¡Basta!", 2011.This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.