The Conquistadors stripped the Incas of their gold and ransacked their cloud-shrouded cites. But, in their profound ignorance, the fumbling Spaniards left the Andean peoples with their greatest treasure intact: their music. Haunting and completely unique, Andean music is the lofty achievement of a mountainous civilization -- songs simply don't get any more "up-lifting." Now, armed with 35 traditional and rare instruments, Andes Manta comes to play the very best of this sublime tradition at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. From the lyrical sound of the quena (Andean flute) to the haunting tones of the six-foot-long panpipes, the music of this acclaimed Ecuadorian ensemble never fails to bring audiences of all ages to their feet.
The Family Show is one hour.