Salsa Con Amor @ Lehman Center, 2/11
(Published: February 10, 2012)
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its 31st season with SALSA CON AMOR, a sensuous Valentine's Day celebration of love for one night with three of Salsa's most popular and gifted soneros: ISMAEL MIRANDA, JOSÉ ALBERTO "EL CANARIO" and DOMINGO QUIÑONES on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8pm. This all-star concert, featuring classic Salsa hits spanning over 40 years, is produced by Lehman Center and José Raposo.
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 SALSA CON AMOR featuring Ismael Miranda, José Alberto "El Canario" and Domingo Quiñones on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8pm are $60, $55, and $45 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 24-hour online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. 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.
Ismael Miranda, born in Aguada, Puerto Rico, moved to Long Island at age four and later to the Lower East Side. He began singing lessons at age eight and by 11 had mastered the congas. He performed with the bands of Pipo, Benny Ortiz, Raúl González and Andy Harlow before joining Joey Pastrana's Orchestra at age 16, making his recording debut on 1967's Let's Ball on the hit track "Rumbón Melón." That year he joined Larry Harlow's band and over five years recorded several hit albums, including 1968's Orquesta Harlow presenta a Ismael Miranda, and composed several songs with Harlow, including "La revolución," "El malecón" and "Lamento cubano." As the Fania All-Stars' youngest member at 19, he earned the title "El Niño Bonito de la Salsa" or "the pretty boy of salsa." In 1973 he formed his own band, Orquesta Revelación, and the title track of his debut album, "Así se compone un son," was a smash hit in Latin America, the US and Europe. Relocating to Puerto Rico in the mid-‘70s, he released a dozen albums on Fania and later recorded two albums with Tito Puente. His most recent CD is 2009's Historia de la Salsa.
José Alberto, nicknamed "El Canario" because of his exquisite voice and melodious whistling skills, is one of Latin music's most influential and respected vocalists. The Dominican-born Alberto moved with his family to Puerto Rico at age seven and sharpened his vocal skills at Las Antillas Military Academy. Moving to New York in the early ‘70s, he became a master improviser, singing with an extensive list of orchestras. He released his first single in 1974 and appeared as lead vocalist on Tito Rodriguez, Jr.'s 1976 album Curious. He was the lead vocalist of Típica '73 from 1977 through the early ‘80s. Alberto has recorded a dozen solo albums, many gold and platinum, and performed at festivals world-wide with his New York-based orchestra. He formed his own band in 1983 and in 1987 was the first artist signed to the Tropical division of Ralph Mercado's RMM label, recording the international smash hit "Sueño contigo." 1991's Dance with Me was a salsa romántica hit. Alberto also toured with the late Celia Cruz.
Domingo Quiñones, singer, composer, producer and actor, was born in Perth Amboy, NJ of Puerto Rican parents. He began his career singing with Conjunto Nativo in 1983 and worked with Jose Alberto "El Canario," Johnny Rodriguez and Conjunto Clásico. In 1985 he replaced Roberto Lugo in Luis "Perico" Ortiz's orchestra, and later sang with Louie Ramirez and Roberto Roena. In 1990, Quiñones recorded his first solo album, Sunday is My Name. After joining Tito Puente on his 100th recording, he released his second solo album, Painting Lunas, which included the duet "Two Friends" with Tony Vega. Six more recordings followed, including 1997's influential It Takes a Miracle. He won praise from The New York Times for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Hector Lavoe in the New York musical "Who Killed Hector Lavoe?" Quiñones's latest CD is 2010's Conquistador de Corazones.
Lehman Center 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 2011-2012 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, JPMorgan Chase, and through corporations, foundations and private donations.