Spanish students to perform at UB

Published October 5, 2017

Five members of the Tuna Universitaria de Salamanca will perform a concert of traditional Spanish and Latin music at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Kiva, 101 Baldy Hall, North Campus.

The concert, sponsored by the Zengierski Family Lecture in Spanish Language & Culture, is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. A reception will follow.

UB is a main stop on the Spanish university group’s current North American tour. The singers also will perform two informal concerts in the Student Union lobby on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13. Both performances will run from 2-2:30 p.m.

A “tuna” is a group of university students in traditional dress who play traditional instruments and sing serenades. The tradition is believed to have originated in Spain and Portugal in the 13th century as a means for students to earn money or food. Nowadays, students organize tunas as a way keep a tradition alive, for fun, to travel and to meet new people from other universities.