Latin Superstar OLGA TANON + Comedian Mike Robles
(Published: April 25, 2012)
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its unbelievable 31st season with a treat for Latin music lovers -- five-timeGRAMMY® Award and three-time Latin GRAMMY-winning merengue and Latin superstar OLGA TAÑÓN on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8pm. Known as La Mujer de Fuego (The Woman of Fire), the Puerto Rican native who has sold over four million albums world-wide and received countless awards will ignite Lehman's stage with such hits as "Es mentiroso," "Como olvidar" and "Así es la vida." Also on the bill will be Emmy Award-winning comedian and Bronx native MIKE ROBLES, the star and creator of Galavision's two flagship shows, "Video Mix" and "¡Que Locos!"
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 OLGA TAÑÓN and MIKE ROBLES on Saturday, May 12, 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 is available for $5.
Olga Tañón has been a force in Latin music since her first solo album, 1992's Sola, which shot up the charts and quickly went platinum in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Her powerful voice complements a wide range of musical genres -- pop ballad, merengue, salsaand boogaloo -- and she has sold over four million albums and performed to sell-out crowds all over the world. A skilled dancer with a dynamic stage presence, she began performing as a little girl in Puerto Rico, singing in her church choir by the age of eight and performing in school productions and talent contests. After she joined Puerto Rico's popular late-‘80s merengue girl-group, Chantelle, they scored their biggest hit with "Aunque tú no quieras." 1993's Mujer de fuego established Olga as one of merengue's reigning divas and also marked her debut as a composer with the song "Presencié tu amor," a Top-10 hit on Billboard's Top Latin Tracks. Her next album, 1994's Siente el amor, was even more successful, breaking into the Top-5 on the Top Latin Albums chart and generating six smash hit singles that stayed at the top of the charts for a year and half. With 1996's Pop/Tex-Mex CD Nuevos senderos, featuring Latin pop songs written by Mexican star Marco Antonio Solís, Olga became the first Puerto Rican musician to sell over half a million records (Gold status). The album's lead single, the ballad "¡Basta ya!" topped the Top Latin Tracks for several weeks and became Olga's first #1 hit. In 2001 she became the second Puerto Rican female artist (the first was legendary performer Rita Moreno) to receive a GRAMMY Award, for her live, double-disc Olga viva, viva Olga, which produced the #1 hit "Como olvidar." In 2002 she won another GRAMMY and collected her first Latin GRAMMY for her album Yo por ti and also garnered aBillboard Award for Best Merengue Album, electrifying the audience with a live performance at the ceremonies. In 2003 she received her fourth GRAMMY for her album Sobrevivir; with its #1 hit "Así es la vida." In 2006 Una nueva mujer won the GRAMMY for Tropical Contemporary. With 24 solo albums, her latest release is 2011's Ni una lágrima más.
Mike Robles, voted one of the top ten Latino comedians in the country, created the show "¡Que Locos!" for Galavision, serving as the show's revolving host and executive producer. After five years he took the comedy tour on the road, selling out venues around the country. He later hosted and produced the network's "Video Mix," which earned Robles an Emmy Award. His latest comedy album isWepa!!! Live from New York City.
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.