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Gilberto Santa Rosa at Bronx's Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
(Published: March 19, 2012)

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its unforgettable 31st season with one of Salsa's greatest voices for the past three decades, GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY winner GILBERTO SANTA ROSA, whose unique style of soneo (improvisational singing) revolutionized Salsa. Countless mega-hits have made him one of the most prolific masters of popular tropical music. His world-wide tour stops at Lehman Center on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8pm, bringing his spectacular production, "ella(s)" -- a two-hour visual and musical explosion produced by Rafo Muñiz and featuring an all-female Salsa band from Cali, Colombia that includes graduates of the renowned Buenos Aires Music Conservatory. Santa Rosa will sing such hits as "Conciencia," "Conteo regresivo," "Perdóname," "Que alguien me diga" and "Vivir sin ella."

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 GILBERTO SANTA ROSA "ella(s)" on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8pm are $85, $75, and $55and 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 is available for $5.

Gilberto Santa Rosa, El Caballero de la Salsa (the Gentleman of Salsa), was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and spent his childhood watching and imitating the most famous salsa group, El Gran Combo, on their television program "El Show de las 12." At age twelve, his vocal talents debuted on a nationally televised Christmas special. As a teenager he studied saxophone and trumpet at the Escuela Libre de Música de San Juan, but singing was his ultimate objective. He founded his first musical group, La Evolución 65, which became La Potencia Orchestra. Band member Marito's father was the well-known trumpet player Mario Ortiz, who recognized Gilberto's talent and helped him produce his first album, Borinquen Flame, at the young age of 14. He spent two years with La Grande Orchestra, recording the album We Love New York featuring such hits as "Busca lo tuyo," "Satisfacción" and his own composition "Tu indiferencia." Work with Don Perigñón, Manolito Rodríguez's Fantasía Boricua, Tommy Olivencia's La Primerísima, and Puerto Rico All-Stars put the young singer in the center of the burgeoning ‘70s salsa movement.

Santa Rosa's talent for lyrical improvisation revolutionized Salsa singing and launched the singer to an international level. WithWillie Rosario he achieved major success in 1981 with such hits as "Lluvia" and "Botaron la pelota." In the mid-1980s, he led his own orchestra and released four albums before signing in the early ‘90s with his current label Sony BMG, with whom he's released 20 albums and sold over 3 million in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, achieving Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum status. In 1995, he became the first tropical music singer to perform at Carnegie Hall. In 1998 he recorded the very first Salsa album with classical orchestra, Salsa Sinfónica with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela. He topped Billboard's music charts with 1999's stand-out Expresión, followed by Romántico, Intenso, Viceversa, Sólo Boleros, Auténtico and 2006's Directo al corazón, which won both GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY Awards. In 2009 he won the Latin GRAMMY for Best Traditional Tropical album and a Billboard Award for Tropical Album of the Year for Una Navidad Con Gilberto. Billboard named him Tropical Artist of the Decade. Santa Rosa has had fourteen #1 hits on Billboard's Latin Tropical Airplay charts. His newest CDs are 2010'sIrrepetible, featuring a duet with living legend Rubén Blades; and 2011's El Caballero De La Salsa: La Historia.

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.

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