National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

To commemorate this special month, the Avalon Foundation & Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (ChesMRC) present Marimba Linda Xelaju!  Miramba Linda Xelaju is a Guatemalan family band from Silver Spring dedicated to spreading their culture in America through their beloved marimba music.

Founded in 1992, the group is mainly composed of Robert Giron and his three children, whom Giron started teaching to perform when they were 3 years old. The transmission of musical knowledge from father to son is a very common practice in traditional music. However, the sharing of knowledge from father to daughter opens up new possibilities in the practice of Latino music!

“This is a way to celebrate and recognize our culture, our contribution and our presence,” says ChesMRC Hispanic Outreach Coordinator Victoria Gomez Lozano. “We want to share it with everyone. Bringing a marimba is a small taste of Guatemala to our community and new generations in learning about their culture. I hope everyone will enjoy it and join us to celebrate!”

Prior to the concert, Ballet Folklorico La Esperanza will be showcasing traditional Mexican dance.

“Our vision is to preserve the traditions of our ancestors through the art of the traditional Mexican folklore, while providing a positive environment where our members can express themselves through dance. Our goal is for our children to learn and connect with their family roots through dance, taking pride in their effort to share the beauty of that culture with the local community.”

“Our aesthetic approach will always incorporate knowledgeable dance instruction to patiently teach the formal steps of folklorico dance to our youth along with the rich stories that accompany the traditions. Ballet Folklorico La Esperanza de Cambridge unites us in our community and we will do our best to embrace as many families on the Eastern Shore that long to pass on the traditions they value!”

The concert, brought to you through the partnership between the Avalon Foundation and the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, concludes a series of community events celebrating all the wonderful colors and flavors of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Visit the ChesMRC website for details on their other events.

General Admission Tickets: Adult $25 / Student $15
Family Packages Available for $50


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