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Monday, June 8, 2009

Friends and Colleagues Pay Tribute to Roberto Ocasio

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM

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The Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland State University are hooking up to honor the life and music of a Cleveland musician whose influence goes on and on and on, despite his death in an auto accident in January 2004.

From 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, “A Tribute to Roberto Ocasio” takes place at the CSU Music and Communications Building. It kicks off with a 6:30 reception in the lobby of Waetjen Auditorium to officially introduce a mural on display there, created by 11 Latino artists who were friends of Ocasio’s, reflecting visually on the role of music in his life.

That's followed at 7 p.m. with a performance in Drinko Hall by the Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Project, the ensemble he created that has continued his musical legacy. New York-based percussionist, Bobby Sanabria, a Berklee College classmate and lifelong friend of Ocasio’s, will be joining them for this performance.

The evening is free and open to the public, although donations will be gratefully accepted for the Roberto Ocasio Foundation, which supports the Robert Ocasio Latin Jazz Music Camp (taking place this year July 12-17 at Baldwin-Wallace College). Sanabria will again be serving as artist-in-residence.

Call 216.687.9283 or e-mail r.chavez71@csoohio.edu for more information about the tribute program. —Anastasia Pantsios

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