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A Conversation with Dr. Nachito Herrera and Dr. Ramón Pastrano about Inclusion, Belonging and Cultural Competence

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Nachito Herrera and Dr. Ramón Pastrano about Inclusion, Belonging and Cultural Competence.

Developing cultural competence often begins with each individual’s increased awareness of one’s own culture and the effect one’s worldview has on understanding other cultures and dimensions of diversity. Cultural competence is important for our world. We can all continue to grow our abilities by reflecting others’ stories.

Nachito is a world-renowned pianist from Cuba. Ramón is a leading cultural competence expert and trainer from the Dominican Republic. Both currently reside in the Twin Cities. They will share insights and stories of their lives, and how their worldview shifted along their journeys.

“Cultural Competence is the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across all dimensions of cultures and diversity. Cultural competence encompasses being aware of one’s own world view (biases, mental models, etc.), developing positive attitudes towards cultural differences, and gaining knowledge of different cultural practices and world views. Cultural competence is having the wisdom, humility, courage and the ability to bridge, adapt and cognitively shift” – Dr. Ramón Pastrano

Sponsored by ImpactLives, Inc.
Supported by the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra

Be sure to also join the WSO to hear Nachito in concert on October 3 at Wayzata Central Middle School and October 10 at Orchestra Hall!

Free. No ticket required. Out of an abundance of caution for all of our guests, masks are required to be worn by all attendees.

 

ABOUT THE PANELISTS AND MODERATOR

Nachito has the amazing ability to inhabit two very different musical worlds – classical and Latin jazz. He is the perfect example of how an enlightened artist can transcend various genres creating something that floats above it all. He is an immigrant who is not just breaking down barriers; he is showing that diversity is an essential part of moving humanity forward.

Ramón is an architect of system change and human transformation. He founded ImpactLives in 2007 as a laboratory for social responsibility and innovation. Through awareness-based leadership and critical thinking, Ramón’s model is designed to assist individuals and organizations in developing new frameworks from where to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Jonathan specializes in training and facilitation for business and educational purposes. Cultural competence, conflict resolution and nonprofit leadership are his three main interests. A Fulbright Scholar in 2015-16, Jonathan has experience working in South Africa, South Korea and Guatemala, and is currently a faculty member at the University of Minnesota.

Nachito Herrera at Orchestra Hall

IMPORTANT: RSVP required to reserve your free seat. Orchestra Hall requires all attendees at its venue to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. More information provided in the RSVP link:

www.minnesotaorchestra.org/WSO

Minnesota’s adopted son, Steinway Piano Artist Nachito Herrera, is one of the world’s greatest Cuban pianists. Combining Western classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms, Herrera is in high demand in the US and abroad. We are so proud to have him as a featured guest artist in 2021!

Nachito has the amazing ability to inhabit two very different musical worlds – classical and Latin jazz.  He is the perfect example of how an enlightened artist can transcend various genres creating something that floats above it all.  He is an immigrant who is not just breaking down barriers; he is showing that diversity is an essential part of moving humanity forward.

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

HERRERA: Esperanza – PREMIERE
Upon waking up after 11 days in the ICU recovering from COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, the melody for Esperanza (Hope) came to Nachito. He has orchestrated it for this performance.

BACH/Herrera: Prelude in C minor

HERRERA: Chopiniando

LECUONA/Herrera: Tribute to Lecuona

This concert is made possible by generous donations from Productivity Inc. and the Meyer-Grabarski Charitable Fund.

Free. Donations gratefully accepted.

Nachito Herrera at Wayzata Central Middle School

Minnesota’s adopted son, Steinway Piano Artist Nachito Herrera, is one of the world’s greatest Cuban pianists. Combining Western classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms, Herrera is in high demand in the US and abroad. We are so proud to have him as a featured guest artist in 2021!

Nachito has the amazing ability to inhabit two very different musical worlds – classical and Latin jazz. He is the perfect example of how an enlightened artist can transcend various genres creating something that floats above it all. He is an immigrant who is not just breaking down barriers; he is showing that diversity is an essential part of moving humanity forward.

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

HERRERA: Esperanza – PREMIERE
Upon waking up after 11 days in the ICU recovering from COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, the melody for Esperanza (Hope) came to Nachito. He has orchestrated it for this performance.

BACH/Herrera: Prelude in C minor

HERRERA: Chopiniando

LECUONA/Herrera: Tribute to Lecuona

The Steinway Piano for this concert is provided by Schmitt Music.

Free, no ticket required.
Donations gratefully accepted.