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Going all out: the 20th anniversary of La Voz magazine

Por Adriana P Parada Campos
June 2024
Let's all celebrate the 20th anniversary of La Voz magazine with a special fundraising event at the magnificent Spiegeltent at Bard College. There will be live music by Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra, a dance class and demonstration by Dojo Dance Company, honorees who work for the Hispanic communities of the Hudson Valley, food served by Tilda’s Kitchen, a silent auction, and some surprises. On Saturday, June 22, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM, at the Spiegeltent at the Fisher Center at Bard College, we will "throw the doors off the hinges," as Alex Torres says.
Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra is an award-winning 12-piece ensemble that has brought its unique blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as salsa, cha-cha, bomba, plena, and Latin jazz to hundreds of festivals, performing arts centers, and events around the world. Alex Torres, originally from Palmers, Puerto Rico, was raised in the Bronx, New York City, where he formed the orchestra before moving upstate New York. The renowned orchestra is now celebrating its 43rd year since its founding and has toured countries like Mexico and China. Throughout all these years, the orchestra has never disbanded, continuing to thrive because, as Alex jokingly says, "bad grass doesn't die easily."

William Rodríguez, the band's singer, hails from Santiago de Cuba, Roberto López, another founder, plays the guitar, and Alex is the bassist. The band also features conga, bongo, and timbales players, a Venezuelan pianist, an Ecuadorian saxophonist, and American trombone and trumpet players.
On June 22nd, the 12-member orchestra will enliven the 20th-anniversary celebration of La Voz magazine. Alex and his Orchestra will perform favorite tunes that will act as a "time machine for those who listen," including original songs that captivate the audience, with a mix of salsa, merengue, and cumbia. Alex promises, "We will have an amazing party. We're going to have a tremendous celebration."

Alex says that La Voz magazine is "something necessary for the Latino community, from covering events and businesses of our people to seeing how we care for our community because we can't expect anyone else to do it for us."

Why do we Celebrate?

La Voz is celebrating 20 years of publication. Since 2004, La Voz has been the vibrant voice of the Latino community in the Hudson Valley, resonating with news, culture, and events that have united over 170,000 Latinos across the counties of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Albany, Rensselaer, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster. This award-winning, independent, non-profit publication has become more than just a media outlet; it has become a cornerstone for our community. Each edition of La Voz serves as a beacon of knowledge and empowerment, illuminating the path toward a better future.

La Voz has demonstrated that quality journalism and social commitment can go hand in hand. Its team, composed of passionate volunteers and professionals, works tirelessly to keep us informed and connected, always with the responsibility of being a positive agent of change in our communities.

20 Years of La Voz Celebration
Saturday, June 22, 6 to 10 PM
Spiegeltent - Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
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Food is included in the price of all tickets.  
All proceeds benefit La Voz magazine, based at Bard College, a non-profit organization. For donations and sponsorships, please contact [email protected].  

Thanks to the sponsors of this event: Hudson Valley Credit Union, Hudson Valley Farm Hub, Hudson Valley Hospice, Latinos in Business Succeeding Together, MVP HealthCare, Radio Kingston, RCAL, Rural Migrant Ministry, SUNY Ulster, and Ulster Savings Bank.

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