Música es Mi Primer Amor / Music is My First Love
The Lupe M. Gonzalez Orchestra
East Gallery, 2nd Floor, Corinthian Hall
October 12-December 29 | Free
Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sunday noon-4 p.m.
Exhibit viewing available by tours on the hour. Last tour of the day starts at 3 p.m. Friends members receive a special viewing of the exhibit on October 11 prior to the exhibit opening to the public.
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The mid-20th century Hispanic music and club scene on storied 24th Street was as dynamic and thriving as anything at 18th and Vine. Musicians and singers such as La Familia Perez, Bea Vera, Los Pecadores and La China played in clubs, churches, dance halls and house parties, and some toured the United States. The Lupe M. Gonzalez Dance Orchestra was one of the most successful and popular in town. The orchestra covered Mexican standards as well as the popular Big Band dance music of the 40s, 50s and 60s. Visitors will see photos, interviews, sheet music and instruments, including Gonzalez’s saxophone. In well-preserved recordings, visitors will hear the wonderful arrangements of Gonzalez and famed Mexican composer Carlos Campos. For the first time ever, this exhibit will bring to broader light the stories, images and sounds of one of KC’s best-loved but unsung musical artists.