Grammy-nominated group to bring Puerto Rican genres to new generation
Contemporary masters Plena Libre have been appointed the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago for the 2019-20 season.
Nominated for multiple Grammys and Latin Grammys, Plena Libre has earned acclaim for taking the once dormant style of plena music and reclaiming it for a new generation across a 25-year, 15-album career. The Puerto Rican-based ensemble will have a strong presence across the campus and Chicago community during three residency weeks in the upcoming season.
Plena Libre succeeds the female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock, currently in residence for the 2018-19 season. The group will participate in a rich variety of events and programs, including concerts, workshops and coaching sessions with music students and moderated public discussions.