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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.

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