Arts & Culture

Voces con Pablo Highlights Picasso Exhibit, Latin Culture

Free event at Mint Museum Uptown includes performances by local Latinx artists

A man plays the flute to a group of onlookers
Flutepraise (Photo by Donald Sanchez)

Collaborating for this week’s Wednesday Night Live event in Uptown, The Mint Museum and Opera Carolina are partnering to host Voces con Pablo, an event that aims to celebrate Charlotte’s diverse Latin American cultures and cultivate community through music, poetry, and live paintings.

Translated to “Voices for Pablo,” the event will center the Mint’s Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds exhibition with performances by local Latinx artists.

Along with Opera Carolina singers and the Youth Academy Chorus, performances will include local flautist and vocalist duo Flutepraise; the Nuestro Tiempo Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble; guitarist Aris Quiroga; Bandoneón player Javier Sanchez; spoken-word poet Patrice Wilson; and Elisa Lopez Trejo and Julio Gonzalez, both visual artists with the OBRA Collective.

“The unique combination of popular music from many Latin cultures and original poetry and visual art is a perfect way to celebrate our shared culture,” said James Meena, artistic director of Opera Carolina, in a release. “This event demonstrates the power of music to bring people from diverse backgrounds together.”

Along with the performances, guests can check out Picasso Landscapes, a curated collection of Pablo Picasso’s landscape works. The exhibit includes 40 pieces on display, many of which represent Picasso’s early days of life in Spain.

“The synergy between the two cultural arts groups and the Latinx community is a perfect complement to the Picasso exhibition,” added Cynthia Morena, senior director of learning and engagement at The Mint Museum.

With the launching of Picasso Landscapes in February, Mint Museum is the first of only two venues in the United States — and the only venue on the East Coast — to show the exhibit.

Voces con Pablo is a free event and is part of Mint Museum Uptown’s Wednesday Night Live series. Tickets to Picasso Landscapes are $10 and free for K-12 students and children under the age of 5.

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