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Hispanic heroes portrayed in Viterbo show

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Hispanic heroes portrayed in Viterbo show

Viterbo University will present a performance of “Los Valientes” by the Core Ensemble on Oct. 12. The performance is free and open to all.

Core Ensemble will present “Los Valientes” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Viterbo University’s Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 929 Jackson St.

“Los Valientes” (the courageous ones) is a live music theater work for a singing actor and onstage instrumental trio of cello, piano and percussion. Based on the lives of three heroic Latinos, the show celebrates Mexican painter Diego Rivera, martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Mexican-American outlaw Joaquin Murrieta — some say the Zorro character was based on him.

The music ranges from traditional Latino folk and popular songs sung in Spanish to instrumental works by Latin American composers. The work is one of a series of multicultural performance pieces produced by the Core Ensemble over the past 20 years.

David Perez-Ribada will portray the three legendary Latinos. Perez-Ribada has performed a wide variety of stage roles throughout the United States, including the world premiere of “Anna in the Tropics.” He has appeared on the Fox TV network as well as in several independent films.

Core Ensemble musicians include cellist Ju Young Lee, pianist Mikael Darmanie and percurssionist Michael Parola. The group has toured in Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, the Caribbean, and in every region of the United States. “Los Valientes” is touring throughout the U.S. during Hispanic Heritage Month.

The event is free and open to all.


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