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Latin Symphony: How Classical Music Saved Dinorah Marquez's Life

Young members of the Latino Arts: Strings program.
Courtesy of the artist
Young members of the Latino Arts: Strings program.
Dinorah Marquez.
/ Courtesy of the artist
Courtesy of the artist
Dinorah Marquez.

Every once in a while on Alt.Latino, we like to showcase people in the Latino community who are making a change, whether it's journalists who denounce injustices, writers who change the landscape of American literature, or musicians who stretch our imagination.

This week, we've invited music teacher Dinorah Marquez to the show. Eleven years ago, she started the Latino Arts: Strings program at the United Community Center and Bruce-Guadalupe Community School in Milwaukee. The program has been wildly successful.

Join us as Marquez discusses how classical music saved her life as a young Mexican immigrant, and describes how she uses classical songs of Latino heritage to strengthen her own community.

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Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.
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