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Hector David and band to launch “Latino Heritage Month”

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Héctor David, a contemporary violinist from Honduras, and his band will appear in concert 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10, in Harrisonburg, offering a vibrant preview of Latino Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2011. The Hondurans’ concert will be in the Eastern Mennonite High School (EMHS) auditorium.

At Eastern Mennonite University, this year’s Latino Heritage Month theme is “Diferentes pero unidos” (different yet united). Events for the month at EMU include dance lessons on Sept. 23 and 30, followed by the Latino Student Association (LSA) dance on Oct 7. A potluck on Oct. 13, featuring freshly prepared  dishes from several Latin American countries, will close out the month’s celebration.

“‘Diferentes pero unidos,’ invites the whole campus community to consider that in the midst of all our difference we still can come together in a peaceful and understanding way and learn from one another,” said Michelle Ramirez, president of LSA.

David won the Arpa/CORAL best instrumental album of the year in 2005 and 2009, according to his website. He has performed in countries across North, Central and South America, and in parts of Europe and Asia. This will be his third appearance in Harrisonburg.

“David presents a violin concert that reaches every audience’s heart, bringing the message of hope and encouragement to each person who listens to his music,” said Ramirez.

A suggested offering of $15 can be made at the door. Admission for EMU students is free with identification. All proceeds will to toward the Mennonite Hispanic Initiative.

David will hold a music clinic at EMHS on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration is $20. For more information call 540-560-2842.

For more information on the concert and other events during Latino Heritage Month, contact Lorenzana at 540-432-4458 or marvin.lorenzana@emu.edu.

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