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CaptionFounder and Music Director of Coro Hispano Juan Pedro Gaffney is a native San Franciscan who began organizing and directing choruses at the age of 18. When in 1963 at age 25 he signed on with Acción a Peace corps alternative working in Latin America he was an accomplished singer organist and choir director. He was sent to Venezuela where he was astounded to discover a complex exciting choral music that was strictly Venezuelan. And as he was to discover as he travelled throughout the continent the music varied dramatically throughout the continent. The choral music of Latin America was a virtual gold mine of musical treasures waiting to be heard . He was delighted with both the beauty the high musical quality and the rhythmic complexity of the music. He could not help but wonder why he who had been immersed in choral music from the age of 12 had never heard music of this genre in San Francisco. When he returned in 1965 his determination to introduce the music he had discovered throughout South America to Bay Area audiences became a vital part of his musical identity. It was this vision that was to become a strong moving force in his music career and life’s work. Today the music of our Latino musical heritage and the cultural values intrinsic to the music are Mr. Gaffney's "raison d’etre." More at http://www.kqed.org/topics/history/heritage/latino/heroes-gaffney.jsp
HeadlineCoro Hispano's Juan Pedro Gaffney [on right]
Copyright Noticecorohispano.org
URLwww.corohispano.org

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