Penn State York celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of activities

Four musicians with their handmade instruments

Handmade musical instruments will be featured during a free performance by Andes Manta on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at Penn State York. The performance is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and is open to the public; no tickets are needed.

Credit: Courtesy of Andes Manta

YORK, Pa. — The lyrical sound of flutes, panpipes and other handmade instruments will fill the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at Penn State York on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.when Andes Manta takes to the stage with a free performance in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The program is open to the public, with no tickets needed.

The four musicians of Andes Manta said they believe that through their music they bring a rare opportunity for cultural understanding between the people of their homeland, South America, and the people of modern North America. Although Andean music has been played in South America for thousands of years, its beginnings have been lost in the mists of time.

The group performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 40 traditional handmade instruments. The lyrical sounds of the quena, or Andean flute, or the haunting tones of the six-foot-long panpipes, are just two of the instruments the musicians will play.

Andes Manta tours year-round appearing on major concert stages, in festivals, and numerous universities and schools. The four Lopez brothers, Fernando, Luis, Jorge and Bolivar, learned their traditional folk music as it has been learned for thousands of years, passed from father to son and brother to brother. They have made flutes and panpipes of bamboo since they were children, they said.

Andes Manta, now based in the Hudson Valley of New York, is well-known all-over America for its performances, from Carnegie Hall to the Discovery Channel, from the National Cathedral to Lincoln Center, and in hundreds of schools and universities.

This program is sponsored by the University Programming Board (UPB) at Penn State York, Office of Global Engagement, and the Latin American Alliance of Lancaster.

In addition to the free performance by Andes Manta, Penn York will hold other events throughout Hispanic Heritage Month.

Poster Displays — Sept. 15–Oct. 15, across campus

Posters are on display throughout the campus highlighting important facts and celebrations to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. The poster series is sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee.

Global Eats – Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico —

  • Thursday, Sept. 21, noon–1 p.m.
  • Rosie's Café, Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center (The Ruhl Center)

Global Eats features the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Global Eats is a free event throughout the year designed to increase awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity at Penn State York.

Screening of the movie, “In the Heights”

  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 6-9:30 p.m.
  • Room 114, Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (Black Box Theatre Lower Level)

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Nittany Scholars Program (NSP) and Blue & White Society at Penn State York are sponsoring a screening of “In the Heights.” NSP and Blue & White students plus a family member or friend are invited to attend this event.