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Director's Blog: Singing "El Pendon Estrellado", the National Anthem en español for the Smithsonian

Editor’s Note: Cantigas was asked by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to interpret “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Spanish based on the work of Clotilde Arias, whose life is explored in the Museum’s new exhibition, Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias. Arias was commissioned by the U.S. State Department to translate the national anthem into a Spanish version that could be sung to the original tune in 1945. Aristic Director Diana Sáez talks about the experience.

Cantigas to Perform Official Translation of US National Anthem in Spanish

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, Cantigas will proudly perform what is believed to be the premiere of Clotilde Arias' translation of the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Spanish, at 2:00pm, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The Smithsonian commissioned Cantigas's performance and recording of the song for its new exhibition "Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias," a biographical look at the Peruvian-born composer, copywriter, translator and citizen’s contributions to U.S.

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