There’s no doubt about Latinos impact on last year’s election—we made up a historical 10% of the electorate—which is why President Obama chose avid supporter Eva Longoria to co-chair his presidential inauguration events at the Kennedy Center.
Longoria will be joined by George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, and other top Latino entertainers who will gather Sunday, January 20 for the “Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at the Kennedy Center." Jose Feliciano, Melanie Griffith, New York City's Ballet Hispanico, and the San Juan Children's Choir are among the performers.
The event comes on the eve of President Obama's inauguration Monday, January 21, and will feature a three-day series of lectures and events focused on Latino issues. Coordinators of the event include the National Council of La Raza and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
"Latinos played a critical role in this year's elections and helped tip the scales in President Obama's victory. But we are not waiting another four years to make an impact on our country's future," Longoria said in a statement. "What better way to establish our presence at these inaugural celebrations than by showcasing the beauty and diversity of our culture at the nation's premier performing arts center."
The Kennedy Center is presenting the event with no charge to organizers, which include The Futuro Fund, an organization that helped mobilize Latino support for the Obama-Biden re-election campaign. Millions of Latino voters turned out last year, with 71% voting for Obama. The event, which comes after the cultural center was criticized for excluding Latinos from its high-profile Kennedy Center Honors, will be held in two of its large theaters.
Tickets went on sale Tuesday at the Kennedy Center box office, starting at $300 for the Opera House performance and $150 for a simulcast in the Eisenhower Theater. A party will follow the event, but it’s not clear whether Obama will attend.