One of the benefits of modern life has been the exposure to cultural treasures of every sort. Never before has the availability of music transcended so many borders and hemispheres, with the category of “World Music” and its global tapestry becoming a staple of popular culture over the last half-century.

The University of South Alabama’s World Music Ensemble presents their annual show and it certainly runs the musical gamut. The first third of the show showcases the 15-member steel ensemble featuring Caribbean-infused tones.

The next portion of the show follows the Gulf Stream to the Emerald Isle as Irish music is highlighted. A vocal group is to be complemented by a flute choir in their presentation.

The closing third of the program heads closer to home with a journey through Afro-Cuban works. Some of those will be performed by a dozen musicians while others will employ up to 15, including assorted percussion and horns. Director Luis Rivera assured a variety of tastes will be met with offering unusual for Mobile.

Tickets are $8 for the general public, and $5 for USA faculty, staff and students, senior citizens and youth under 18. Cash or check only.

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Spring concert from the World Music Ensemble
Where: Laidlaw Recital Hall, University of South Alabama (5751 USA Dr. S.)
When: April 18, 7:30 p.m.