15th Anniversary of the SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA with Special Guest Appearance by CUBAN ELITO REVÉ AND HIS CHARANGÓN
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents “El Bombazo”, the musical Mano a Mano ELITO REVÉ Y SU CHARANGÓN with the NYC number one and two-time Grammy® Award-winning SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA, for an unparalleled salsa musical experience on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at 8pm. The talent and professionalism of the Revé Orchestra matches the artistry of our own Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Lehman Center is proud to present both orchestras as a celebration of two great cultures: Cuban music and our own traditions. Produced by Lehman Center and Leo Tizol.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA and the ELITO REVÉ Y SU CHARANGÓN on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at 8pm are $100*VIP, $85, $75, and $55 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. *VIP Reception: The HAVANA CAFÉ, Havana Club Rum and Lehman Center special VIP pre-concert wine, beer, Havana Club Rum & hors d’oeuvres reception will start at 6:30pm. VIP tickets include the reception and the best seats in the house. At the reception meet other patrons and the staff of Lehman Center. Sponsored by Havana Café Restaurant and Havana Club Puerto Rican Rum. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.
SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA, the two-time Grammy Award-winning salsa band, sets the standard for authentic New York style salsa dura. Live or recorded, it doesn’t get any better, and whether at a concert hall or outdoor jazz festival, there is no easing the audience in as the Spanish Harlem Orchestra performs at full force from start to finish. SHO, as they are known to their fans, has a mesmerizing energy on stage that is filled with rich sound with musical precision. Now celebrating their 15th Anniversary, the orchestra was formed under the tutelage of producer Aaron Luis Levinson and bandleader, pianist and arranger Oscar Hernández. Although the Bronx native was once best known as Rubén Blades’ pianist and musical director, Hernández has also worked with such seminal artists as Ismael Miranda, Ray Barreto, Celia Cruz, and Paul Simon. The orchestra’s lineup is New York City’s own Gerardo “Jerry” Madera on bass; percussionists Venezuelan Luisito Quintero (timbales), American Jorge Gonzalez (bongos & drums), and the Bronx-born Puerto Rican George Delgado (congas); and a five-man front line horn section consisting of New York City’s Héctor Colón and Ponce, P.R. native Manual “Maneco” Ruiz on trumpets, Grammy Award winner Doug Beavers and Puerto Rican Reynaldo Jorge on trombone, and Bronx native Mitch Frohman on saxophone and flute. A trio of vocalists featuring Puerto Rican Jeremy Bosch, Ecuadorian Marco Bermudez, and Costa RicanCarlos Cascante completes the orchestra. Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s blend of classic salsa tunes with new material debuted with 2002’s Un Gran Dia En Barrio, which earned the 2003 Latin Billboard Award for Salsa Album of the Year-Best New Group and a Grammy nominee for Best Salsa Album. Their second release, Across 110th Street, named for Harlem’s southern boundary, featured four songs with guest vocals by Rubén Blades and won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Salsa/Merengue Album. SHO then followed up with the Grammy nominated album United We Swing (2007) that featured Paul Simon, and Viva La Tradición with guest artist Issac Delgado that was honored with the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. Their latest release is the self-titled album Spanish Harlem Orchestra with special guests Chick Corea and Joe Lovano.
ELITO REVÉ Y SU CHARANGÓN was formed by the Cuba-born timbalero and vocalist Elio Revé Matos in the mid-1950’s in Havana, Cuba and is considered a “school” for Cuban musicians such as Chucho Valdés, Juan Formell, Yumurí, and Carlos Alfonso. Initially a charanga group, Orquesta Revé went through several musical transitions as pianist Chucho Valdés was replaced by Pupy Pedtoso, and a new musical director, bassist Juan Formell, added an electric guitar to the mix. This new musical style Revé called changüí 68. Even during the ‘70’s when several members of the band left to form the seminal Cuban groups Los Van Van (Formell and Pedroso), and Orquesta 440, Revé continued to attract musicians to his orchestra of the highest caliber. In 1982 the band underwent another significant musical transition when Revé added two missing critical elements of changüí, bongos and the tres guitar, that further separated the group’s music from classic charanga instrumentation. He also added three trombonists, one of which was the genius arranger Ignacio Herrera, and called his new form of music Cuban charangón. After Elio Revé’s death in 1997, the band was taken over by pianist, vocalist and arranger Elito Revé, who had been trained by his father and has maintained the group’s international prestige and popularity. “My father left me the band, which has a great story that is known throughout the world, and I decided to incorporate new elements to it without compromising its original musical concept. Here it is… rich and vibrant!” –Elito Revé. With a discography of over 40 albums including some 250 original compositions, the Charangón continues to issue new rich and vibrant releases such as Fresquecito (2007) that won awards in Cuba and France, and De Qué Estamos Hablando with its hit songs “Agua Pa’ Yemaya” and “Mi Amiga ChiChi” that won both the Cubadisco Awards for Best Contemporary Dance Album and the Grand Prize for Best Album. At the Lehman Center concert, the orchestra will be featuring selections from their latest release La Salsa Tiene Mi Son (also a 2016 Cubadisco Award winner for Best Contemporary Dance Album) which is a tribute to Elio Revé and is a collection both his legendary salsa hits and new contemporary songs. The band is currently working on a new album with Cuba’s hottest reggaeton act Yomil & El Dany, and have released a new single called “Yuya” to give us a taste of what’s to come.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2017-2018 Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding is provided by Con Edison, the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, the Rudin Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, and the friends of Lehman Center.
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