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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Paquito D’Rivera
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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

Ilan Stavans talks with Cuban musician Paquito D’Rivera about Cuba, Latin music and the clarinet. D’Rivera was born in Havana, Cuba into a musical family. By the age of six, the child prodigy was performing publicly and was soon soloing with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. Paquito was one of the founders of the Orquestra Cubana de Musica Moderna and a co-director of the widely successful Irakere. He defected to the United States in 1981.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Paquito D’Rivera,” 02/25/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C401E01D6BE047359D7AC9DB0F3C6B4C.
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