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MPL hosts Viva La Musica

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LEARNING EXPERIENCE:Audience members listen during the “Viva La Musica” concert at the Marion Public Library on Monday.
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BIENVENIDOS A CHILE: Chilean artistPaula Monsalve and her band perform a Latin American tune during their “Viva La Musica” concert at the Marion Public Library on Monday.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

Friends of the Marion Public Library celebrated Chilean music and culture with singer Paula Monsalve and her quintet on Monday.

Mary Eckerle, director of the Marion Public Library, said they wanted Monsalve to come and offer an educational lesson to young children on Monday night. However, Monsolve found herself entertaining a not-so-young crowd but still managed to offer an educational experience through music and impromptu dancing.

Although Monsalve sang Spanish folk songs for her set, she made sure the last song was familiar and resonated with the audience. She and her quintet played “La Bamba,” which instigated dancing from audience members of all ages.

“Music is such a giving thing,” Monsalve said. “It is a gift I have and want to share it with as many people as I can.”

Monsalve is from Chile, but has lived in Grant County for the last 30 years.

“I’m a Hoosier at heart. This is my home and these are my friends,” she said Monday after the show.

LaRea Slater, Monsalve’s friend and manager, said that she is an adaptable musician who has song alongside orchestras and travelled internationally due to her vocal talents.

But here in Marion, Monsalve enjoys performing in the community.

Slater said Monsalve performed at a fundraiser for Rotary Club at Meshingomesia Golf Course recently, and that she’d sung accompanied by Taylor Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the Honeywell Center.

Mary Eckerle, director of the library, said having Monsalve’s music is a gift to Marion, and that bringing her music to MPL for an evening is exactly what the library is made for.

“We’re a cultural center, and Paula has a lot to teach that she teaches through music,” Eckerle said.

Monsalve said that although her songs are sung in another language, the music has a way of connecting people and bringing them together.

“We got up and danced tonight because we are connected, and we have shared emotions through the music,” she said. “That is how I express how I feel, though music. It helps us understand.”

She said her performance at the library on Monday was her last one for a while, as she is leaving Tuesday to visit family in Chile. Slater said those interested in hearing her music can investigate her sound and culture through her CDs. Monsalve has produced nine albums, which are available for purchase at her website, paulamonsalve.com. Her music is also available on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.