The World Vibration Concert Series will wrap up 2009 with the music of Mariano Gonzalez in concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Winchester Cultural Center Theater, 3130 S. McLeod Drive. The master Paraguayan harpist will showcase native Paraguayan and contemporary music. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children ages 12 and younger.
Gonzalez revolutionized the Paraguayan harp. The Las Vegas resident is celebrated in Japan and Europe and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City. His 1999 performance at the royal wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones in London resulted in instant popularity across Europe. Gonzalez was in Japan from 2000 to 2002, performing on radio, television and the concert stage. In April 2002, a concert audience of more than 2,000 at the Kennedy Center honored Gonzalez with three standing ovations. In Las Vegas, he has performed with the Bob Rosario Jazz Ensemble and last performed at the Winchester Theater in 2007.
Gonzalez was raised a cowboy in Buena Vista, Paraguay in a family of harpists – his grandfather also was a harp craftsman, or luthier. Gonzalez began playing the harp at the age of 5. He began touring the world and presenting the music of Paraguay in 1973. As a harp maker, Gonzalez redesigned the Paraguayan harp to allow instant chromatic adjustments, which permit him to play American jazz and other forms of contemporary music on the instrument.
Winchester Cultural Center has hosted musicians from all over the world through the World Vibration Concert Series during the last four years. Musicians from Brazil, Ireland, China, Thailand, Mexico and many other countries have brought their distinct rhythms to the Winchester stage. The series continues with the first performance of 2010 at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 with the klezmer music of Meshuggina Klezmorin.
Those interested can call (702) 455-7340. Additional information and tickets can be found online at www.accessclarkcounty.com/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook by visiting http://tinyurl.com/l87c4l.