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An Evening with The Latin Heartbeat Orchestra

Start Date:5/20/2021

Start Time:7:00 PM EDT

Duration:90 minutes


Latin Heartbeat

This free event occurred on May 20--BUT YOU CAN STILL WATCH ON DEMAND! Just fill out the registration form!

Join us for an evening of original Latin jazz music by The Latin Heartbeat Orchestra, featuring special guest musicians Kevin Figueroa, and Zacai and Luques Curtis. William Mendoza, The Latin Heartbeat Orchestra producer/director, will join AARP CT Volunteer Gladys Rivera to talk about the music and its connection to culture. Resources on brain health and for family caregivers will be shared.

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Gladys Rivera



Gladys has been a long-time volunteer with AARP CT helping to connect to the Latino community. Public service, community service and advocating for the Hispanic and Puerto Rican community has always been her passion. Empowering women, youth and seniors and educating our community is her mission. Gladys is currently employed at Capitol Region Education Council and is the former Program Manager for the Elderly Nutrition Program at CRT where she managed the Meals-on-Wheels program, which serves close to 1,000 seniors in the Hartford and Mid-state area. She is also a Justice of the Peace, Notary Public and serves as Commissioner on the Commission on Children, Women, Children, Senior, Equity and Opportunity. Gladys retired from the State of Connecticut after 16 years of service as a marketing professional. She served on the CICD Puerto Rican Parade of Hartford Board for more than 30 years. She also served on the Connecticut State Puerto Rican Parade Committee and the National Puerto Rican Parade Committee in New York. Gladys is a member of the first graduating class of Senator Murphy Leadership Academy in 2016. She has served on many boards and commissions, and has received numerous recognitions for leadership and community service.

William Mendoza


The Latin Heartbeat Orchestra

he Latin Heartbeat Orchestra’s (LHO) commitment to sustaining its cultural music has been the driving force behind this talented ensemble of dedicated musicians. This group has taken pride in being recognized as a preservation band, and the cultural responsibility that comes with it. With its own unique style and sound this orchestra’s impressive resume continues to grow. They have had the honor of participating in major events at some of New England’s premier venues, such as: Foxwoods Casino’s B.B. King Lounge and The MGM Grand; the Connecticut Salsa Festival – 5 years in a row by popular demand; the Boston Salsa Congress; and the Providence Rhode Island WaterFire Festival, where they performed before an audience of over 5,000 people. William Mendoza is a resident of Cromwell, CT and employed in the home healthcare industry, working with the senior population. He does not see this as a job, he sees it as his purpose in life, to help those who cannot help themselves. This purpose is very near and dear to his heart and his parents, who even though are no longer with him, are his driving force. William has another passion - and that is music. He was born in Caguas, P.R but came to NYC as a very young boy. He began his music career as a young teen in the Lower East Side of NYC, learning bass guitar and then moved on to steel drums. Once he had a taste of the drums, he knew percussion was where his talent lied. He has been in and out of the music scene for more than 40 years and at one point playing with the Latin Rock Band Malo. He is currently the founder and manager of The Latin Heartbeat Orchestra.
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