It’s that time of year again, as you’ve probably noticed from today’s Diez y Seis (or is it dieciseis?) event posts. And here’s another one, this one is PBS’ In Performance at the White House in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The one-hour show will be live streamed at WhiteHouse.gov on Monday, 16th of September at 7pm, but the show itself will be on PBS on October 8th.
This year’s line-up has some familiar names.
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 Solís. (Program subject to change.) The one-hour television special is part of the long-running In Performance at the White House series, now in its 36th year.
Note to PBS: Since the program is subject to change, I would suggest at least ONE Tex-Mex band, in this case, Los Texmaniacs. And maybe the little Mariachi dude from the Spurs games. Just sayin’.
But I am glad to see Raul Malo on the list.
Some more cool stuff below the fold.
In addition to the evening concert, on the morning of the concert taping, the White House will host “Celebrando el Ritmo Latino: The History of Latin Music,” an educational workshop held in the State Dining Room for 130 middle and high school students from the Washington, D.C., area. The event will be produced by The GRAMMY Museum and led by Robert Santelli, the museum’s executive director. A leading musicologist and music educator, he will give the participating students 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 examine the many subgenres that encompass the larger Latin genre. Santelli will be joined by special music guests, including Lila Downs, Romeo Santos andMarco Antonio Solís, who will share their experiences and answer student questions. The White House “Celebrando el Ritmo Latino: The History of Latin Music” workshop will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live.
This is the sixth educational workshop at the White House that The GRAMMY Museum has organized in cooperation with the In Performance at the White House concert series. As with previous concerts, Música Latina: In Performance at the White House will be accompanied by a broader educational program including a downloadable curriculum and materials for middle and high school teachers, available at www.grammymuseum.org. Educational materials will also be on the series’ companion website — www.pbs.org/whitehouse— along with information about the performers, photos from the evening, a list of song selections, clips from the performances and video of the full broadcast.