Hispanic Heritage Celebration Features Musical Traditions

Oct 13, 2010, 12:52 ET from Pennsylvania Department of State

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Highlighting the rich culture of Pennsylvania's Latino community, state agencies today co-hosted the commonwealth's Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg.

Governor Edward G. Rendell proclaimed Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Pennsylvania. The month is dedicated to celebrating the ways Latinos enrich the state's diversity and industry through their involvement in politics, education, the sciences and the arts.

More than 600,000 Latinos reside in Pennsylvania.

Today's event underscored the diversity of musical expression from different Latin American countries.

"The musical spectrum within the Latino culture is robust and vibrant, and is a testimony to the fusion of traditions and history that is the source of the music," said organizing committee's co-chair K. Kevin Murphy from the Department of State.

The celebration featured guitarist Dante Sobrevilla, vocalist Rebecca Lister and her accompanist Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, classical guitarist Randy Zwally, and the musical group Son Latinos from central Pennsylvania.

The Department of State joined with the departments of Aging, Banking, Community and Economic Development, General Services, Revenue, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs to sponsor the event.

To learn more about any of these agencies, visit www.pa.gov. To find more information about the commonwealth's support of and involvement with its Latino community, visit www.gacla.state.pa.us.

Media contacts: Leslie Amoros or Larissa Bedrick, 717-783-1621

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State