SUNY Potsdam will host a Latin dinner and pre-festival screening of For the Love of the Mambo, a documentary produced by Crane School of Music associate professor Marsha Baxter and co-directed by Doyle Dean, beginning at 6 p.m. April 21 in Thatcher Hall on campus.
The film features the Latin Grammy-nominated Mambo Legends Orchestra as its experienced members work alongside La Garza, a student Latin ensemble at Crane.
The documentary traces the Mambo Legends Orchestra musicians who nightly shared the bandstand with the iconic bandleader and percussionist Tito Puente over the course of decades. The veterans are reaching out to a new generation of performers from Crane.
The event will kick off with a Latin buffet, followed by the film. Tickets to the dinner and screening are $10 for SUNY Potsdam students and $20 for the public. VIP tickets are $40. To reserve tickets, visit www.fortheloveofthemambo.com.