Wednesday, September 18 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Valley Performing Arts Center
Featuring Omara Portuondo, Guajiro Mirabal, Barbarito Torres, and Eliades Ochoa, with special guest Robert Fonseca
Since its introduction to an international audience by American guitarist Ry Cooder, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club has become a worldwide sensation. Over a decade's worth of touring has only increased the group's enthusiasm for performing to packed houses and their sound has remained utterly fresh since the release of their debut album in 1997.
The band continues to thrive with the addition of skilled musicians and legendary Buena Vista Social Club alumni such as trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, vocalist Omara Portuondo and laÃºd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, who are passionate about Cuban music. Each put their individual stamp on classic styles such as the son montuno, danzÃ³n, cha cha cha, bolero, and Cuban jazz. Talented young pianist Roberto Fonseca opens the evening with a program of deep, soulful and expressive Latin jazz notes.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Valley Performing Arts Center
Music in the Life of a Great City: continuing the series
Verdi, Wagner and Hollywood: A Bicentennial Birthday Celebration
In the second concert of the already popular series, Music in the Life of a Great City, Grammy Award-winning conductor John Mauceri and full orchestra will present another unique collaboration, celebrating the beloved music of iconic composers Verdi and Wagner, both born 200 years ago. From Verdi's stirring Aida Overture and Triumphal Music to Wagner's exciting Ride of the Valkyries, juxtaposed with familiar film music by the great Ennio Morricone and others, Mauceri will demonstrate the deep musical influence of these composers on a Hollywood they never visited.