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J.R.  MONROY

Founder and President of the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society

© 2004 LACCS-UK


PHOTO ARCHIVE 2008

The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society
has many highlights in its illustrious twenty year
history, some of which are recorded in these
pages with photographs and reviews.

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There are many notable artistes who have had associations with LACCS-UK, including:
Laurindo Almeida
Angelo Gilardino
Charlie Byrd
Carlos Guastavino
Ernesto Cordero
Mariano Mores
Alirio Diaz
Marlos Nobre

LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURAL SOCIETY

LACCS-UK CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SUCCESS

BORIS CEPEDA, piano

Presented in association with the
EMBASSY OF ECUADOR

"FROM THE PARNASSUS TO AMAZONIA"

TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF LACCS-UK CONTINUOS CONCERTS ALONG THE YEARS PRESENTING ARTISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM
TUESDAY 21 OCTOBER AT 7.00 pm.
12 HOLLAND PARK ROAD, LONDON
W14 8LZ

For further details information of THE PROGRAMME NOTES please refer to
THE CONCERT PROGRAMME.

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PRE CONCERT PHOTOS

Ms Silvia Almeida, Embassy of Ecuador, proudly setting the country flag at the stage of the Leighton House Museum to start the evening.

Reading the concert programme: From left to right: Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK Chairman, Mrs Nydia Casei, Secretary and Mr Nelson Torres Zapata, First Secretary Embassy of Ecuador.



At the stage of the LHM Boris Cepeda and Prof. J R Monroy.

Waiting to start the concert Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK Chairman, Pianist Boris Cepeda and Mr Nelson Torres Zapata, First Secretary and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Ecuador.

Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK Chairman, introduced the evening to the honourable audience. He talked about LACCS-UK 25 Years working in the field of Latin American and World music and he gives thanks to H.E. The Ambassador of Ecuador and Mrs Berta de Cabezas for their collaboration to succeed in presenting pianist BORIS CEPEDA, an outstanding talented musician.

Mr Nelson Torres Zapata, First Secretary Cultural Affairs, addressed the audience to give thanks to LACCS-UK and to Lloyds Bank TSB for their valuable support on this evening. Mr Torres Zapata talked about Ecuadorian musician who succeeded in Europe, representing the country and promoting Ecuador rich cultural heritage.



THE CONCERT

Boris Cepeda, performed brilliantly the music by Gerardo Guevara (b.1930), El Espantapajaros, Danzante del Destino, and Apamuy Shungo.

Boris Cepeda, in the Second Part of the concert, played another Ecuadorian piece entitled Intermezzo Inca, by Jose Ignacio Canelos (1898-1957).

Boris Cepeda ended his performance with RUDEPOEMA by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), one of the most difficult pieces for piano in the Americas, and dedicated to the great Polish - American Artur Rubinstein. With this fantastic ending, pianist Boris Cepeda, received from the audience an standing ovation.

Boris Cepeda

Boris Cepeda is acclaimed by the audience. After performed Rhapsodie Espagnole (Folies d'Espagne et Jota Aragonesa), S.254 by FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886).

H.E. Dr Eduardo Cabezas, Ambassador of Ecuador and Mrs Berta de Cabezas, at the start of the concert.

The audience claps Boris Cepeda brilliant performance.

The audience enjoyed the performance.

A standing ovation for Boris Cepeda.

An standing clapping to pianist Boris Cepeda, for his brilliant performance by HE Dr Eduardo Cabezas, Ambassador of Ecuador at the Court of St. James's.

A happy end! Boris Cepeda received the Bouquet of flowers.



THE INTERVAL RECEPTION

Part of the audience enjoyed a glass of wine in the interval at the dinning room, LHM.

Prof. J R Monroy with Mr & Mrs Gervasio Fernandez, Director, Lloyds TSB Bank.

From left to right Captain Carlos Rivera, Navy Attache, Embassy of Ecuador, Enrique Ferrer Vieyra, Charge d' Affairs, Argentine Embassy, H.E. Dr Eduardo Cabezas, Ambassador of Ecuador, Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK Chairman, and Captain Ronald Quipildor, Defence Attache, Embassy of the Republic of Bolivia.

Mr Willen Oosterveen, Mrs Jolien Janse, Mr Jose Maura, Directors International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, Captain, Carlos Rivera, Defence Attache Embassy of Ecuador and Mrs Rivera.



BACK STAGE

Boris Cepeda is congratulated by Mr Yaruma Rodriguez, Second Secretary Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Captain Ronald Quipildor, Defence Attache, Embassy of Bolivia.

A congratulatory compliment to Boris Cepeda by Miss Ilonka Scaman, Director, DZ Bank.

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Centre left: Mrs Beatriz Cabezas, Ambassador wife with Boris Cepeda and a group of ladies from Ecuador.

A glorious photo for the history of the Ecuadorian music in London.

Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK Chairman, Boris Cepeda and H.E. Dr Eduardo Cabezas, Ambassador of Ecuador, shaking hands in happiness and satisfaction of the successful evening.


LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURAL SOCIETY

LACCS-UK CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SUCCESS

ANDRIY OSTAPENKO
supported by the

EMBASSY OF UKRAINE

TO CELEBRATE 16 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC CULTURAL AND COMMERCIAL RELATIONS BETWEEN UKRAINE AND THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN
AND NORTHERN IRELAND

Thursday 31th July 2008 at 7.00 p.m.
LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM, LONDON W14 8LZ

THURSDAY 31st JULY 2008 AT 7.00 p.m.

For further details information of THE PROGRAMME NOTES please refer to
THE CONCERT PROGRAMME.

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PRE CONCERT PHOTOS

At the stage of Leighton House, left: Guitarist Andriy Ostapenko, right: Prof. J R Monroy, Chairman LACCS-UK

Guitarist Andriy Ostapenko at the stage of LHM.



From Left to right Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK Chairman, H.E. Senor Alfonso Matta, Ambassador of Guatemala, H.E. Vladimiro P Villalta, Ambassador of El Salvador at reception hall.

Mr & Nicolas and Mrs Qamar Macclean, Senior Fellow for Diplomatic Affairs, The International Institute for Strategic Studies, with Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK Chairman, at the reception hall.



THE CONCERT

Andriy Ostapenko ended the first part of his concert with a brilliant performance of TOCCATA by Konstantin Vilensky (1958).

Andriy Ostapenko, with his admirable talent concluded his debut in London with a master classical piece INVOCACION Y DANZA by Joaquin Rodrigo (1822-1872).



Prof. J R Monroy, introduced to the audience Andriy Ostapenko's latest CDs, recorded in Kiev recently.

The audiences enjoyed Andriy Ostapenko performance.



The audiences enjoyed Andriy Ostapenko performance.



THE INTERVAL RECEPTION AT THE DINNING ROOM AND PATIO OF LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM IN A SUNNY DAY IN LONDON.

The public enjoyed the sunny evening with a glass of Ukrainian wine.

From left to right: Dr Vladyslav Rohovyi, Embassy of Ukraine, Liudmila Pekarska and Olha Kersiuk.



From left to right: At the dinning room, Mr Peter Dixon, Commercial Director JKX Oil & Gas, Prof. J R Monroy and Mr Christian J. Mouvet, Economic and Commercial Attache, The Embassy of Belgium.

At the dinning room, Prof. and Mrs Ivan Gout, MD, Ph.D University College, London and Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK, Chairman.



BACK STAGE

A Ukrainian music lover, Mr Alkan Volkan, London Press, Andriy ostapenko, Mrs Andriotis, Greece Embassy, Mrs Volkan and Ms alla Sirenko, Ukrainian/British Composer and pianist.

Congratulations to Andriy Ostapenko for your wonderful and enjoyable concert!

From Left to right:

Mr Peter Dixon, Commercial Director, JKX Oil & Gas (Sponsor), Miss Hawes, Prof J R Monroy, LACCS-UK, Chairman, Andriy Ostapenko, Ms Alla Sirenko, composer and pianist, Wing Commander Alastair Hawes, Ministry of Defence and Miss Olga Nikishina, Aviareps Group (Ukrainian International Airlines).




LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURAL SOCIETY

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SUCCESS

Presented in association with the TURKISH EMBASSY

AHMET KANNECI, Guitar

OKREN ÖZTAN, CLARINET

PURCELL ROOM, SOUTH BANK CENTRE LONDON SE1 8XX

7th April 2008 at 7.30 p.m.

For further details information of THE PROGRAMME NOTES please refer to
THE CONCERT PROGRAMME.

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PRE CONCERT PHOTOS

Prof. J R Monroy, (left) with Mr Cinar Ergin, Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, (right), at the Foyer of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, to co-ordinate the interval Embassy reception and concert.

At the Purcell Room stage Prof. J R Monroy, enjoyed the friendship of Ahmet Kanneci (Left) and Ekrem Öztan (right)



THE CONCERT

Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK Chairman, addressed the enthusiastic audiences with a brief introduction:

"After 25 years we can say with satisfaction that we have fulfilled our expectations. Through the good offices of the Heads of Mission and with international artists, a great majority of countries had been represented in LACCS-UK' s London international series to encourage better cultural understanding amongst all nations accredited at the Court of St. James's".

We therefore express our sincere gratitude for the collaboration of H.E. Mr Yigit Alpogan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey for His Excellency blessing and interest to link the music and culture of Turkey to Europe and to Latin America. LACCS-UK remarkable achievement in the successful management of this international programme in London, received the support of the private sector, tonight our gratitude is for the sponsors: SHELL INTERNATIONAL, VODAFONE and BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO".

Finally we would like to express our appreciation to the general public and the artists who take part in our exiting musical evenings during the year"

Ahmet Kanneci opened the concert and played two baroque pieces from Latin America from CODICE SALDIVAR No 4 (c.1739)

Ahmet Kanneci played brilliantly Suite Colombiana No 2, El Porro by Gentil Montana (b. 1942).

Ahmet Kanneci played Three Epitaphios by Mikis Theodorakis (b.1925)

Ahmet ended the first part with an outstanding performance and played Three Anatolian Pieces by Istemihan Taviloglu (1945-2006).

The audience applauded to Ahmet Kanneci for his personal style to play his music.



THE CONCERT PROGRAMME

The audience is motivated by the content of the programme and to learn more about the Turkish and Latin American music.

The audience clapping and clapping the brilliant performance of Ahmet Kanneci and Ekrem Öztan.



THE INTERVAL RECEPTION AT THE FOYER QUEEN ELIZABERTH HALL

Selim Akbas and Elif Boutlu, representing British American Tobacco, Miss Idil Dorsan, Head of Corporate Communications, VODAFONE. H.E. Mr Yigit Alpogan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey.

(From left to right) Selim Akbas, Corporate Affairs, and Elif Boutlu, Corporate Communications, British American Tobacco, Miss Idil Dorsan, Head of Corporate Communication, Vodafone, and H.E. Mr Yigit Alpogan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turke and Prof. J R Monroy, Chairman LACCS-UK

(From left to right) Prof. J R Monroy Chairman LACCS-UK, Mrs Adrienne Ribas de P. Villalta, H.E. Mr Vladimiro P. Villalta and H.E. Ms Borbála Czakó, Ambassador of Hungary.

Ahmet Kanneci and Ekrem Öztan ended the concert and performed Alfonsina y el Mar by Ariel Ramirez (1927), and Three Turkish Tunes by Turgay Erdener, (b.1957).

The audience applauded the colourful and brilliant performance of both musicians at the Purcell Room, SBC.

Back stage: From left to right Ahmet Kanneci, Ekrem Öztan, Madame Bernev Alpogan, H.E. Mr Yigit Alpogan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey and Prof. J R Monroy, Chairman of LACCS-UK.




LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURAL SOCIETY
25th ANNIVERSARY

CARLOS BARBOSA-LIMA, Guitar

50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT MUSIC FROM  THE AMERICAS

MONDAY 17th MARCH  2008 AT 7. 45 P.M.
PURCELL ROOM, SBC,
LONDON SE1 8XX

For further details information of THE PROGRAMME NOTES please refer to
THE CONCERT PROGRAMME.

Photographs by Therese Wassily Saba

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PRE CONCERT PHOTOS

From left to right: Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Prof. J R Monroy Chairman, LACCS-UK in a dialogue of music.


LACCS-UK RECOGNITION TO CARLOS BARBOSA LIMA 50th YEARS OF PERFORMANCES.

Prof. J R Monroy opened the evening with a formal presentation, introducing Carlos Barbosa-Lima to the audience and his remarkable artistic career of 50 Years of continued performance around the world.

From left to right:
Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK Chairman presented to Carlos Barbosa-Lima the painting entitled: THE GUITAR AND LATIN AMERICA commissioned by LACCS-UK to the Brazilian painter Aldo Sampieri in 1986.


THE CONCERT

Carlos Barbosa-Lima a brilliantly performance of Manha de Carnaval by Luiz Bonfa (1922-2001)

Carlos Barbosa -Lima is acclaimed by the audiences, and played Sentimental Melody by Heitor Villa-Lobos, (1887-1959).

Carlos Barbosa-Lima played with his  gifted skills two master pieces of the Cuban repertoire: Siboney and La Comparsa by Ernesto Lecuona (18966-1962).

Carlos Barbosa-Lima ended his first part of the concert with ADIOS by Enrique Madriguera (1904- 1973).

Carlos Barbosa-Lima started the second part of his recital with his own arrangement for GUANTANAMERA, by Joseito Fernandez.

Carlos Barbosa-Lima included in his concert a piece connected to Hawaii entitled Fantasy on a Hawaiian Lullaby by Byron Yasui (b.1940).

The music of the Puerto Rican composer Ernesto Cordero ( b.1946), was also included, in our concert, and CBL played: Seis Milonga, a colourful piece to enrich the evening repertoire.

Carlos Barbosa Lima ended the evening with Aquarela do Brazil, by Ary Barroso (1903-1964).

Carlos Barbosa-Lima ended his 50th Anniversary concert acclaimed by the full house Purcell Room. An outstanding recognition to a colossus musician, one of the few classical guitarists in Latin America and in the world with an innovative international career.

At the Interval reception from left to right:
Mrs Adrienne Ribas de P Villalta Mrs Blanche Refalo H.E. Mr Vladimiro P Villalta, Ambassador of El Salvador, Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK, Chairman and Dr Michael Refalo, Malta High Commissioner.


PURCELL ROOM, BACK STAGE

Prof. J R Monroy, LACCS-UK Chairman and Mr Ignacio Rios-Navarro, Minister in Charge of Consular Affairs, Embassy of Mexico.

Two admirers requested a dedicatory inscription in their concert programme from Carlos.

 

Wing Commander Alistair Hawes and his daughter saluted to Carlos Barbosa-Lima.



 

LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURAL SOCIETY
25th ANNIVERSARY

ZARKO IGNJATOVIC, Guitar

Supported by the EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

CONCERT TO CELEBRATE THE SLOVENE PRESIDENCY OF THE E.U. 2008

THURSDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2008 at 7.00pm
LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM,
LONDON W14 8LZ

For further details information of THE PROGRAMME NOTES please refer to
THE CONCERT PROGRAMME.


PRE CONCERT PHOTOS

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Prof. J R Monroy presented to H.E. Mr Iztoc Mirosic, Ambassador, original copy of NUEVO MUNDO 2000, edition 1995, diplomatic publication printed on the occasion of the Eight Annual Heads of Mission Assembly, organised by LACCS-UK for twelve successive years,1988-2000.

The Eight Heads of Mission Assembly was co-hosted by H.E. Mr Matjaz Sinkovec, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, representing EUROPE, H.E. Lieutenant-General Armando Alexandre Panguene, High Commissioner for the Republic of Mozambique, on behalf of AFRICA, and H.E. Mrs Celia Francisca Cabana, Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras, representing THE AMERICAS/CARIBBEAN regions.

The Eight Heads of Mission Assembly received the following Heads of State Messages:

* H M Elizabeth R, sent a Royal greetings to Her Excellency the Ambassador of Honduras, His Excellency the Ambassador of Mozambique, His Excellency the Ambassador of Slovenia Prof. J R Monroy, Director LACCS-UK

* Rt Hon Michael Heseltine, MP Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State

* His Excellency Doctor Carlos Romero Reina, Presidente de la Republica de Honduras, C.A.

* His Excellency Joaquin Alberto Chissano President of the Republic of Mozambique

* His Excellency Mr Milan Kucan President of the Republic of Slovenia.

His Excellency Mr Milan Kucan, President of the Republic of Slovenia said in his message to the London Heads of Mission Assembly twelve years ago:

... " Slovenia takes very seriously the vital political role of promoting the process and the strengthening of bilateral relations with all the countries of the world . It has been working hard to promote, enrich, and adopt the ethos and traditions of European political thought; to strengthen respect for human dignity and rights as well as the norms of relations within the European Union and to achieve even closer co-operation and ultimately, full membership of the European Union".

Prof. J R Monroy, Chairman of LACCS-UK introduced Zarko Ignjatovic to the honourable and distinguished audience.

H.E. Mr Iztok Mirosic, (center) with the Heads of Mission attending the concert:

First and second row:

H.E. Mr Mohamed Belmahi and Mrs Ase Ask Belmahi Ambassador of The Kingdom of Morocco, H.E. Mr Iztok Mirosic, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, H.E. Edmundo Urrutia, Ambassador of Guatemala, H.E. Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, Apostolic Nunciature, Mrs Tina Kokalj, Mrs Adrienne Ribas de P. Villalta, H.E. Vladimiro P. Villalta, Ambassador of El Salvador, Mrs Maria Cristina Acosta, Head of Mission, Paraguay, H.E. Mr Rafael Moreno, Ambassador of Chile.

Other Ambassadors represented were: Syria, Tunisia, Cuba, Thailand, China, Kuwait, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Serbia, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Italy.

H.E. Mr Iztok Mirosic toasted to "The Slovene Presidency of the European Union" and to "E.U. - Latin American Summit ", to be held in Lima, Peru in May 2008.
THE CONCERT
Zarko Ignjatovic plays VALA (Vale) U.K. Premier by ALDO KUMAR ( b.1965) Zarko Ignjatovic plays INVENCIJA (Invention), U.K. Premie, by MILKO LAZAR (b. 1965)
Zarko Ignjatovic performing, U.K. premier AVRON. (State of creativity), by BOJANA SALJIC (b.1978). Zarko Ignjatovic, in another excellent interpretation of an U.K. Premier by Peter Savli ( b.1961), JOBIMESQUE, an "Homage to Antonio Carlos Jobim".
The audience expressed its recognition to Zarko Ignjatovic' s brilliant interpretations and skills as a classical guitarist.

First row:

H.E. Mr Iztok Mirosic, Ambassador of Slovenia, Mrs Tina Kokalj, Dr Niki Katsaouni, Counsellor Cultural Affairs, High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus, Mrs Rossana Pittelli, Attache Cultural, Italian Embassy, H.E. the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco and Mrs Ase Ask Belmahi, applauded Zarko's best performance.

First row, left hand side of the hall.

Mrs Maria Cristina Acosta, Head of Mission, Embassy of Paraguay, H.E. Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, Apostolic Nunciature, Mrs Adrienne Ribas de P. Villalta, H.E. Mr Vladimiro P. Villalta, Ambassador of El Salvador, clapping Zarko Ignjatovic 's music by Slovene composers.

H.E. Senor Edmundo Urrutia, Ambassador of Guatemala, clapping one of Zarko Ignjatovic best pieces. The Hosts of the evening enjoyed the concert Mrs Tina Kokalj and HE Mr Iztok Mirosic Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia.
THE INTERVAL RECEPTION
Two distinguish guest and music lovers, with the Concert Programme. Part of the audience enjoyed the Arab Hall created in 1877, decorated with artistic tiles from Damascus.
In a happy talking during the interval: Mrs Ase Ask Belmahi, H.E. Mr Mohammed Belmahi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mrs Bisserka Mateva and daughter. Prof. J R Monroy, Chairman LACCS-UK with Mr Saad Almehaini and wife, Second Secretary Embassy of the State of Kuwait.
H.E. The Ambassador of Slovenia with two Latin American guests. (Brazil and Paraguay). Left, Mr & Mrs Ognjen Tvrtkovic, Journalist/music critic, Zarajevo Press, Bosnia and Herzegovina and a friend.
THE END OF THE CONCERT
Prof J R Monroy, LACCS-UK Chairman, thank to H.E. Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz for attended the evening. Mr Manzoor ul Haq, Minister, High Commission for Pakistan, congratulated to Prof. J R Monroy, Chairman LACCS-UK for the successful evening.
The Central America Ambassadors greetings to LACCS-UK and to the Republic of Slovenia Presidency of the E.U. 2008.

Left to right:

H.E. Senor Edmundo Urrutia, Ambassador of Guatemala, Mrs Adrienne Ribas de P. Villalta, Prof. Juan R Monroy, Chairman LACCS-UK, and H.E. Vladimiro P. Villalta, Ambassador of El Salvador.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia congratulated to Zarko Ignjatovic for his brilliant performance of Slovene composers.
Zarko Ignjatovic received a congratulatory support.

From left to right:

Mrs Tina Kokalj, H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr & Mrs Max Whittaker, Mananging Director, Unior International Ltd, Zarko Ignjatovic, Dr Niki Katsaouni, Cyprus High Commission, Mrs Adrienne Ribas de P. Villalta, Prof. Juan R. Monroy, Chairman LACCS-UK, H.E. Vladimiro P. Villalta and Mrs Rossana Pittelli, Cultural Attache, Italian Embassy.

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