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Cuban-born jazz pianist to perform Oct. 6

‘Nachito’ Herrera

Cuban-born jazz pianist Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera will perform Thursday, Oct. 6, at Minnesota State University, Mankato as part of the university’s annual Latino Conference, “El Pueblo Avanza.”

2011-10-07
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [10/4/2011]

Cuban-born jazz pianist Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera will perform Thursday, Oct. 6, at Minnesota State University, Mankato as part of the university’s annual Latino Conference, “El Pueblo Avanza.”

The Performance Series concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Herrera, a Minnesota resident who was born and raised in Cuba, exploded onto the Cuban music scene at the age of 12, and he has been breaking barriers ever since. He has spent his creative life combining Cuban music with jazz, classical and uniquely American influences.

He performed Rachmaninoff’s “Concerto No. 2” with the Havana Symphony Orchestra at age 12, studied with Cuban masters Rubén González, Jorge Gomez Labraña and Frank Fernández, and served as lead pianist, arranger and musical director for the group Cubanismo.

Today Herrera is part of the Heartland Concert Artists series, which books Midwest-based, world-class musicians across the United States. The series expands performance opportunities for exceptional musicians and promotes the appreciation of music from around the world.

Herrera’s performance is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Institutional Diversity department, in collaboration with the Office of Latino Affairs, the Music Department, the College of Arts & Humanities, and the Nadine B. Andreas Artist in Residence Endowment.

Concert admission is $15; $13 for students with a valid MavCard. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may go to www.mnsu.edu/music. Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

The Oct. 6 and Oct. 14 Latino Conference is intended to build student leadership and encourage discussion of issues affecting the Latino community, including education, student retention, community organizing, employment, immigration, discrimination and access to resources.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,547 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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