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Cardinalli-Padilla to Perform at Eastern

Written by Gabrielle Little

Padilla (5).jpgWillimantic, Conn. -Anna Maria Cardinalli-Padilla, classical flamenco guitarist and accomplished scholar, will share her passion for the richness of Latino culture during Eastern's University Hour at 3 p. m. on Nov. 16 in the Betty R. Tipton Room, located in the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Cardinalli-Padilla is an 18th-generation native of Santa Fe, NM, and considers herself an original link to Spanish colonial culture. She recorded her first album at age 15. Shortly after, she successfully launched her own label, Musica Mundial Productions. Her musical talent has gained her international acclaim, with performances at the Kennedy Center for the prince of Spain and with the Santa Fe Opera. Cardinalli-Padilla also provided vocals for a Kanye West and Malik Yusef album, titled "Good Morning, Good Night." She was awarded the Mother Theresa Award, which recognizes the achievements of "those who beautify the world," for her artistic efforts.

Cardinalli-Padilla is a professor of intelligence and national security studies at American Military University. She completed her bachelor's degree summa cum laude at St. Mary's College of California at age 18; her master's degree at St. John's College at 20; and became the youngest person to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame at the age of 25.

For more information, contact Michelle Delaney, director of student affairs/activities at (860) 465-0105 or at

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