PBS SHOWCASES RICH DIVERSITY OF LATIN MUSIC WITH MÚSICA LATINA: IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — PBS presents Música Latina: In Performance at the White House, a television music special taped in the East Room of the White House. President and Mrs. Obama will host the concert event spotlighting an array of Latin music on Monday, September 16. 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. The program will premiere Tuesday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).

Both English- and Spanish-language versions will be available to PBS stations throughout the country. Música Latina: In Performance at the White House will also be available on www.pbs.org/whitehouse beginning Wednesday, October 9. In addition, the program will be broadcast Sunday, October 13 on the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world. The concert, including President Obama’s remarks, will be available for press via the White House Press Corps pool feed and streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov.

Música Latina: In Performance at the White House showcases Latin musical heritage, reflecting the influence of successive waves of immigration from all over the Americas and celebrating the beauty and diversity of Latin music. From the lively rhythms of Central America and the Caribbean to the haunting sounds of South America, Latin music is known for blending a wide variety of styles.

“WETA is proud to join the White House in bringing this concert to the American people,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA. “WETA has a rich tradition of producing performance and history programs, and we are delighted to offer this special — together with the forthcoming Latino Americans documentary series — this fall during Hispanic Heritage Month.”

“Música Latina: In Performance at the White House will bring energetic, passionate music to our audiences and share some treasures of Latino culture with our viewers,” said Paula A. Kerger, president and CEO of PBS. “Much like the people that it honors, Latin music is extraordinarily diverse, and I am proud that we are able to share this program with audiences across the country.”

“Latin music has become a powerful force in the national culture, mirroring the growing size and importance of the Latino population in the United States,” said Sandie Viquez Pedlow, executive director of Latino Public Broadcasting. “We are honored to be a part of this fabulous production.”

“CPB is proud to support In Performance at the White House,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “This inspiring series invites all Americans, through public media, to experience and celebrate our country’s rich and diverse musical heritage. Música Latina continues this great public media tradition.”
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 and Marco 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.

Música Latina is the twelfth In Performance at the White House program created 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; celebrated 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, José 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.

In Performance at the White House has been produced by WETA for PBS since 1978 and spans every administration since that of President Carter. The series began with an East Room recital by the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz. Since then, In Performance at the White House has embraced virtually every genre of American performance: pop, country, gospel, jazz, Latin, blues, theatre and dance among them. The series was created to showcase the rich fabric of American culture in the setting of the nation’s most famous home. Past programs have showcased such talent as cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, dancer/choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov, popular music singers Linda Ronstadt and Alison Krauss, jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, the United States Marine Band, soul and jazz singer Aretha Franklin, leading Broadway performers, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Música Latina: In Performance at the White House is a production of WETA Washington, D.C., and Bounce, a division of AEG, in association with Latino Public Broadcasting. The executive producers are Dalton Delan and David S. Thompson of WETA, and the producers are Tim Swift and Kristi Foley of Bounce. The program director is Marty Pasetta Jr., and the music directors are Arturo Sandoval and Gregg Field. The series producer is Jackson Frost. Foundation support is provided by The Annenberg Foundation. Major funding is also provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.

For more information about Música Latina: In Performance at the White House, visit www.pbs.org/whitehouse. An electronic press kit, including downloadable talent photos for promotional use, is available at pressroom.pbs.org. To follow In Performance at the White House on Twitter, use hashtag #PBSipwh.

WETA Washington, D.C., is the third-largest producing station for public television. Other WETA productions and co-productions include PBS NewsHour, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, as well as historical specials such as the six-part Latino Americans, premiering September 17 on PBS stations nationwide. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at www.weta.org.

PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through innovative content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 120 million people through television and almost 29 million people on digital platforms, inviting them to experience science, history, nature, and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS has been consistently honored with the industry’s most coveted awards. Pre-K through 12th grade teachers turn to PBS for digital content and instructional tools that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ children’s programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and educators’ most trusted partners in nurturing curiosity and the love of learning in children. More information is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org sites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through apps for mobile devices.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. More information about CPB is available at www.cpb.org.

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) is a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. LPB’s mission is to support the development, production, post-production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to public broadcasting stations and other public telecommunication entities. LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community throughout the United States. More information on LPB and its programs and services is available at www.lpbp.org.

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