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Alex Torres and the Latin Kings To Heat Up Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, August 28, 2000

On Friday, Oct. 6 at noon, salsa, mambo and cha-cha to Alex Torres y Los Reyes Latinos Orchestra, voted best Latin Band by Metroland for two years running. Pick up some moves in a free Cuban salsa lesson at 11 a.m.

The event will take place in the North Dining Hall in the Siek Campus Center, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy. It is presented by the Cultural Affairs department at Hudson Valley, and is part of a month-long celebration for National Hispanic Heritage Month through the Voices Library Lecture Series.

Alex Torres and the Latin Kings Orchestra will perform mambo, cha cha, salsa, pop, jazz, merengue and original music, alive in the Latin music tradition. Popular local dance instructors Lisa Christina and Adrian Warnock-Graham will teach new moves they learned in a recent trip to Cuba at the 11 a.m. dance lesson. The concert and dance lesson are free and open to the public. Prestige Services at Hudson Valley will provide a Spanish lunch for a charge.

Alex Torres y Los Reyes Latinos was founded on October 27, 1980 by Alex Torres. The band performed at various nightclubs, telethons and weddings for the first five years, 1980-1985. Three 45 r.p.m. recordings were released during those years. Since 1985, the band has continued to increase in popularity performed at many events throughout the Capital District, some of which have been funded through the New York State Council of the Arts. In 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000 they were voted Best Latin Band by Metroland. They have been nominated for a Grammy, and have produced five CDs, including their most recent release "Elementos."

Other featured Hispanic Heritage Month events through the Voices series include:

The College Experience: Conflict, Fears and Resolutions Diane Des Plantes, Educational Consultant Monday, Oct. 2 at noon Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Ms. Des Plantes will present an exciting workshop highlighting some of the challenges Latino students encounter on campus, including uncertainty, lack of support, stereotyping and issues related to being biracial. She will describe support services and success stories that will provide solutions for all students who strive for a college education. Throughout her presentation Ms. Des Plantes will engage the audience in a dialogue.

Keeping Your Cultural Center Bonita M. Sanchez Director of Field Education School of Social Welfare, University at Albany Tuesday, Oct. 10 at noon Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Learning and knowledge sometimes cause students to question and challenge their familial and cultural roots. Ms. Sanchez will suggest ways that students can learn to make room for change without abandoning their heritage or identity.

For more information about any of the above programs, call 629-7336.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.