White House Cancels Latin Music Concert in Wake of Deadly Navy Yard Rampage

5:31 PM PST 09/16/2013 by Tina Daunt
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The scene of Monday's shootings at the Washington Navy Yard.

Out of respect for the victims of the shooting that left at least 12 dead, the concert featuring performances by Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Natalie Cole and others will be rescheduled at a later date, officials said late Monday.

In the wake of the deadly Washington Navy Yard shooting rampage, White House officials announced Monday that they were postponing an East Room concert with Barack and Michelle Obama celebrating various styles of Latin music.

The concert, part of a long-running White House taped series to honor the many types of American music, was set to feature Gloria Estefan, Romeo Santos, Lila Downs, Marco Antonio Solis, Natalie Cole, Ricky Martin, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval, Raul Malo and Alejandro Sanz as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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"In light of today's tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard and out of respect for the victims and their families, Musica Latina will be postponed to a new date,'' said a White House announcement released Monday afternoon.

A new date for "Musica Latina: In Performance at the White House'' was not immediately announced.

According to The Associated Press, "Musica Latina'' was set to be the 12th installment in the series produced by the local PBS television station since 1978. Every president since Jimmy Carter has participated in the series.

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Since Obama took office in 2009, the program has celebrated the music of Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Various genres honored include music from the civil rights movement, Motown, the blues, Memphis soul, Broadway music and country ballads, according to the AP.

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