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‘Unique sound’ returns to Cumming Playhouse

Natives of Italy, Paraguay will perform twice Saturday

POSTED: January 10, 2014 12:26 a.m.

Audiences of the Cumming Playhouse have a chance to sample music from the cultures of Italy and Paraguay this weekend. 

Musicians Peppino D’Agostino, originally from the European nation, and Carlos Reyes, originally from the South American country, will present performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday.

The concerts will feature D’Agostino on guitar and vocals, and Reyes on violin, guitar and harp.

“It’s a combination of classical, traditional music, original music and some improvisation,” said D’Agostino, adding that audiences won’t just sit back and listen.

“The thing we do is, we play music, but we also like to communicate with the audience,” he said. “So we joke, we try to involve them a lot, let them sing. It’s kind of a party … the show is very alive.”

D’Agostino said he and Reyes, both of whom live in California, first performed at the Cumming Playhouse last year. They wanted to return due largely to the warm reception they received.

“We had a lovely time with the people there,” he said. “We like the Southern kind of attitude … we’re used to that kind of hospitality in our [native countries] because people there are very hospitable, just like in the South.”

Linda Heard, executive director of the playhouse, said she knew after hearing them last spring that she wanted to bring them back.

“People who have not heard them cannot imagine how wonderful the performance is,” she said. “It is a unique sound.”

According to Heard, audiences can expect the music to “broaden their entertainment horizons.”

“[We as staff] seek to bring new sounds and talent to the playhouse,” she said. “[They] fit this bill perfectly.”

D’Agostino said he and Reyes hope to enrich the lives of their audiences by creating a meaningful experience.

“If you think about centuries ago, a performance was unique,” he said. “There was only just that moment in time because there were no CDs, no records … and that’s what we’re trying to bring back as musicians … something that cannot be experienced any other way.”


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