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La Plaza; Divertimento


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La Plaza
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Classical music and dance is the focus of the program. Angel-Ramon Rivera and two of his students from the Music School at Rivers in Weston, Massachusetts, interpret compositions of three Latin American composers at the piano and choreographer / dancer Alfonso Figueroa and Janet Moran, his partner and wife, present a “pas de deux” to one of the movements from the composition “Divertimento del Sur” by Hector Campos Parsi, created especially for this program. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by David Atwood. Recorded 4/26/1979.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Divertimento,” 05/04/1979, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_86A4CC97C3F648BEB07AC616FB0814E6.
MLA: “La Plaza; Divertimento.” 05/04/1979. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_86A4CC97C3F648BEB07AC616FB0814E6>.
APA: La Plaza; Divertimento. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_86A4CC97C3F648BEB07AC616FB0814E6
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