New Museo Nacional exhibit covers centuries of music

Museo Nacional is taking visitors on a sensory-driven trip through the rich musical history in Latin America with its newest exhibition, “A Tres Bandas.”

The display that premieres Wednesday will use sound clips, visual recreations, and written narration to show how the former Spanish colonies expressed themselves through music of mixed influences.

Spanning four centuries, from the 16th to the 20th, the display aims to analyze the impact of a cultural fusion between African and Hispanic cultures in the region. It will also highlight how this diversity of languages and beliefs created significant trends in the era’s music.

Thanks to recent insights in areas of musicology and anthropology, the fascinating history of early American music can now be retold, the museum said. Musicologist Albert Recasens will curate the exhibition that started in Colombia in 2010. It has also been featured in museums throughout El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Spain.

“A Tres Bandas” will run until Aug. 31 in the Sala de Exhibiciones Temporales at Museo Nacional, which presents the gallery with the support of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud and the Centro Cultural de España en Costa Rica.

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