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Latino Association Helps Celebrate Latino Heritage Month

by The Milton Measure on Friday, September 30th, 2011

In the upcoming weeks, Latino Association will lead a variety of celebrations in honor of Latino Heritage Month, which began two weeks ago on September 15.

The beginning of Latino (or Hispanic) Heritage Month marks the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (Mexico followed on September 16th and Chile on the 18th). Latino Heritage Month will end on the 15th of October, but the Latino Association will continue to promote Latino Heritage on campus through its club meetings.

The first event celebrating Latino Heritage Month took place on Monday, September 19th.  Havana-based Cuban vocalist Antonio Roig performed at Milton Academy in Straus Library, accompanied by his cousin Russ Hoffmann, a Berklee College faculty member, and Milton Academy’s own Bob Sinicrope on bass. In addition to this performance, Mr. Roig made appearances at Spanish and Jazz classes, and a Latino Association meeting.

Soerny Cruz (I), co-head of Latino Association, said that, “Singing Cuban ballads and Cha Cha Cha’s, he enchanted the audience with his remarkably powerful voice.”

The event was well attended, and Cruz happily noted that everyone who went seemed to “enjoy themselves very much, even if they did not know what he was singing about.”

Mr. Sinicrope, who put the Latino Association in contact with the vocalist, said, “I love hearing Antonio Roig sing. His music expresses his Cuban heritage and his vocals emanate from deep in his soul and tell a profound story.”

On Sunday the 25th and Monday the 26th, the annual Gratwick artist came to Milton Academy. The Gratwick concert, an annual event at Milton for the past 81 years, brings a classical artist or ensemble to campus. This year’s performer, Cristina Garcia Banegos, a world-renowned organist from Uruguay, played music from a variety of countries on Sunday in the Apthorp Chapel.

She then joined the Latino Association for a “meet and greet” session and kindly agreed to play a second concert on Monday, September 26th. Ms. Mundinger, who put the Latino Association in contact with this organist, says that on Sunday, Banegos played a tango on the organ, as well as music from Spain and Germany.

On October 1st, the Latino Association will drive to Boston for a celebration of Latino Heritage Month with the large Latino community in Boston. Cruz said there will be more information available about that event as the date approaches.

To wrap up the celebrations of Latino Heritage Month, the Latino Association will be running a 2nd period assembly on Wednesday, October 5th. Cruz hopes for a good turnout.

She says that “it will be a fun way to close the month, and the Latino Association hopes to continue to be well received by the Milton community and is looking forward to the rest of the year.”

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