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Internationally acclaimed ensemble New Inca Son to perform at MVCC scholarship fundraiser

Internationally acclaimed ensemble New Inca Son to perform at MVCC scholarship fundraiser

Internationally acclaimed musical ensemble New Inca Son, “Sound of the Inca,” will perform at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in the Schafer Theater on the Mohawk Valley Community College Utica Campus as part of a fundraising event for the Daron Malik Jae Simpson Memorial Scholarship. Details about the scholarship can be found online at www.daronscholarship.com.

New Inca Son is a band with a mission: to preserve and instill appreciation for their cultural legacy through the international language of music and dance. Dressed as either their Inca forebears, with feathers and gold earrings, or in the resplendent wool ponchos still worn in the Andes Mountains, Inca Son is, in the words of Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, “the indispensable cultural ambassadors of this nearly lost South American folk tradition. Their music is of the highest caliber.” New Inca Son crosses barriers of language, culture, race, and age for a universal appeal. The ensemble includes not only a full band of talented musicians but also a company of dancers who are National Peruvian Folk-Dance Champions.

Tickets for the event are $10 for the general public and $5 for MVCC employees. There is also a raffle for a 40-inch RCA flat screen TV. Raffle tickets are $1 for one, $2 for three, and $5 for 10, and are being sold through Deanna L. Ferro-Aurience of MVCC’s Institutional Advancement Office (PH220, dferro-aurience@mvcc.edu). Donations to the scholarship can be made through the MVCC Foundation.

In 2004, MVCC Emeritus Administrator Robert Lacell lost his young grandson, Daron, in an unthinkable act of violence. The bright future the Lacell family envisioned for him was stolen with his death. In an effort to overcome tragedy with good, the Lacell family created a scholarship at MVCC in his memory, the Daron Malik Jae Simpson Memorial Scholarship for single mothers, which helps young single mothers go to college with the goal of achieving self-sufficiency and creating a stable future for themselves and their children. This fundraiser is an effort to help the MVCC Foundation and the Lacell family to expand the endowment for the scholarship.