Latin music live at the White House

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    Gloria Estefan will be performing her music at the White House.

    Singer Gloria Estefan performs onstage at Festival People en Espanol 2013, on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for People Espanol/AP Images)

    Update 09/16/13: The White House has postponed the Música Latina event as a result of the shootings that took place Monday at the D.C. Navy Yard.  The White House has released the following statement:

    “In light of today’s tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard and out of respect for the victims and their families, Música Latina will be postponed to a new date.”

    The new concert date has yet to be determined. We will send updated information once this information is finalized.


    Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval are among the artists who will perform next Monday at the White House as part of their In Performance at the White House series.

    The President and First Lady will host the music event for a celebration of Latin music during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the White House announced today.

    Musica Latina: In Performance at the White House will showcase Latin musical heritage, reflecting the influence of richly diverse Latino communities from throughout the Americas. The program celebrates the beauty and diversity of that music. From the lively rhythms of Central America and the Caribbean to the beautiful sounds of South America, Latin music is known for blending a wide variety of styles.

    The evening will feature artists Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Raul Malo, Ricky Martin, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Marco Antonio Solis.

    The White House said that the program is subject to change. The entire event will be streamed live on starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.

    Musica Latina: In Performance at the White House will be broadcast October 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET

    Musica Latina: In Performance at the White House will be broadcast Tuesday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide. The program will also be broadcast Sunday, October 13 via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

    As she has done with previous White House music events, the First Lady will host a special daytime event for students.

    The First Lady will welcome 130 middle and high school students from around the Washington, D.C. area to take part in an educational workshop, Celebrando el Ritmo Latino: The History of Latin Music.

    Beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the State Dining Room, The GRAMMY Museum’s Executive Director Robert Santelli will lead the students in an overview of the origins of Latin music, inform them of the elements of the genre, discuss how Latin music has been popularized in other parts of the world and talk about the many subgenres that encompass the larger Latin genre.

    Some performers from the evening event, including Lila Downs, Romeo Santos and Marco Antonio Solis, will share their experiences as well as answer student questions about the music and entertainment world.

    Musica Latina: In Performance at the White House will be the twelfth In Performance at the White House program during President Barack Obama’s administration.

    From February 2009 to the most recent broadcast in May 2013, these latest In Performance at the White House events have honored the musical genius of Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Carole King, Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

    The series celebrated also Hispanic musical heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month; marked Black History Month with events featuring the music from the Civil Rights Movement, Motown, Memphis Soul and the Blues; explored the history of the uniquely American art form of Country music; and spotlighted Broadway and the exceptional spirit of the American musical.

    The star-studded lineups have included Marc Anthony, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Jamie Foxx, Jose Feliciano, Dave Grohl, Herbie Hancock, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Nathan Lane, Queen Latifah, John Legend, Eva Longoria, Lyle Lovett, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Smokey Robinson, Seal, Jerry Seinfeld, Esperanza Spalding, Elaine Stritch, James Taylor, Justin Timberlake and Jack White, among others.

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