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Musical Theater Piece to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Los Valientes, a musical theater piece about three legendary Latin Americans- Mexican painter Diego Rivera, martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Mexican-American outlaw Joaquin Murrieta-will be held at Duquesne University on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. The performance is part of Duquesne's celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Los Valientes, which means "the courageous ones," is a musical theater work featuring an actor/singer and an on-stage music trio of cello, piano and percussion. The music styles range from traditional Latino folk and popular songs sung in Spanish to instrumental works by Latin-American composers.

Performed by the Core Ensemble, the free show features actor Gabriel Sloyer, who plays the roles of all three protagonists. With an extensive theater background, he has performed with the Baryshnikov Arts Center, SoHo Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theater and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre.

The Los Valientes performance is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, the Office of Mission and Identity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

For more information, call 412.396.6415.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.