Sonia Marie De León de Vega, music conductor and founder of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra has been chosen to be the Grand Marshal for the Twelfth Annual Latino Heritage Parade on Saturday, October 9, 2010. Santa Cecilia Orchestra is the only orchestra in the nation with a specific mission to take classical music to the Latino Community.
"I am proud to that Sonia Marie De León de Vega has been chosen to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2010 Latino Heritage Parade, said Roberta Martinez, Executive Director of Latino Heritage. "Her artistry and dedication to her community made the choice very clear."
Taking place at 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 9th, 2010, the Parade participants reflect traditional folkloric costumes, customs and historical traditions. The diversity of the community will be reflected in the performances and presentations. Dancing traditions from Armenia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands will take place; all have contributed to or have close ties to Latino culture.
About Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega and Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Founded in 1992 Santa Cecilia Orchestra has made a commitment to share the beauty and inspiration of classical music with Southern California audiences, giving special focus to Latino communities. Recognized as a noted symphony and opera conductor, De Léon de Vega has achieved distinction as a creative and consummate musician, as a woman in a groundbreaking career role and as a leading influence in the growing U.S. Latino culture. To learn more about Sonia or about the SCO, please visit http://www.scorchestra.org. News, photos and biographies for conductor and soloists can be found at