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Lehman Center Announces 40th Anniversary Latino Concert Series
(Published: August 24, 2012)


Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its 32-year tradition of bringing world-class entertainment to the Bronx with a special LATINO CONCERT SERIES to begin its 2012-13 Season. The concert series kicks off Saturday, September 15. 2012with Latin jazz piano sensation MICHEL CAMILO, who shares the evening with legendary Salsa band TIPICA '73 in celebration of their 40th Anniversary. Cuban sensations LOS VAN VAN, pioneers of Songo, return to Lehman Center in October after over a decade's absence. Two of Salsa's hottest stars, JERRY RIVERA and TITO NIEVES, make an exclusive NYC appearance at Lehman Center in October. And the highly acclaimed NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF CUBA, on a first-ever U.S. tour, performs an exclusive NYC engagement. SALSA PALOOZA returns in November with LA INDIA, TITO ROJAS andFRANKIE NEGRÓN. Lehman Center's holiday tradition of PARRANDA NAVIDEÑA continues in December with FELITO FELIX Y EL TRIO LOS ANTARES, in a tribute to Felipe Rodriguez; ODILIO GONZALEZ "EL JIBARITO DE LARES;" and JOSÉ MIGUEL CLASS "EL GALLITO DE MANATÍ." There will be a special performance in December by the world-renowned "Royal Family" of classical guitar - THE ROMEROS, performing Concerto Málaga. (Complete Latino Concert Series schedule included below.)

For three decades Lehman Center for the Performing Arts has presented an international array of artists and celebrities at very affordable ticket prices. Eva Bornstein, who begins her eighth season as Executive Director of Lehman Center, says, "Last season, Lehman Center was greatly honored by the Bronx community. Audiences attended our performances in record numbers, and we received tributes and accolades from the local media and community leaders from the borough. In addition, the Center was prominently featured in the New York Times and Daily News and its Latino Series was selected by Sirius XM Radio(NASDAQ: SIRI) for live concert broadcasts. In return, we left audiences with some unforgettable memories. Latin legends and superstars such as Gilberto Santa Rosa and Paquito D'Rivera and international companies such as the St. Petersburg Orchestra, Moscow Ballet, and the National Acrobats of China thrilled concert goers of all ages. This season is even more spectacular than ever, as our favorite stars return and new ones are born! The Bronx deserves the very best, and we will continue to work hard to bring the very best in the performing arts to the borough and beyond."

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 all events 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 atwww.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.

Special discounts are built into Lehman's concert series. "Create your own Series" offers a 10% discount on a minimum of three shows, or a 20% discount for six or more shows. Plus special $10 tickets for any seat are available for selected shows forchildren 12 and under. Senior discounts also apply. Becoming a 32nd Season's Friend of Lehman Center by making a tax-deductible donation will help the Center bring in major artists at affordable ticket prices. Visit www.LehmanCenter.org for more information.

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 2012-2013 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.

Lehman Center Latino Concert Series schedule:

An Exciting Evening of the Best Salsa and Latin Jazz
Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 8pm
Tickets: $55, $50, $45

Michel Camilo, Latin jazz piano sensation, performs with his trio featuring Giovanni Hidalgo and Lincoln Goines.
Tipica '73 40th Anniversary features Adalberto Santiago, Tito Allen and Camilo Azuquita under the direction of Johnny Rodriguez and Sonny Bravo. With special guests Giovanni Hidalgo, Orestes Vilató, Nicky Marrero, Alfredo De La Fe, Nelson Gonzalez, José Grajales, Frankie Vasquez, Jimmy Delgado, George Delgado, Gerry Madera, Ali Bello, and David Santiago.
The finale of this concert features a Timbal Jam Session with Orestes Vilató, Nicky Marrero, Jimmy Delgado and Giovanni Hidalgo.

The Cuban Sensation Returns to Lehman Center!
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 8pm
Tickets: $50, $45, $30
The pioneers of songo are back at Lehman Center after over a decade since their last performance for a concert that will keep you on your feet. Juan Formell Y Los Van Van, one of Cuba's most successful bands, will be playing the Afro-Cuban, disco, and funk that gets you moving. Don't wait -- secure your tickets now!

Two of Today's Hottest Salsa Acts for One Night Only! Exclusive NYC Engagement!
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 8pm
Tickets: $60, $55, $45
He's as beefy as a quarterback, but the only heavy-hitting GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Jerry Rivera does these days is on the dance floor. He's been one of the hottest young guns of Salsa romantica since 1992's Cuenta Conmigo took off, and over 18 albums later he returns to Lehman Center to deliver hit after hit of his ten-year career including "Casi un hechizo," "Amores como el nuestro" and "Ese." After singing with Hector Lavoe and Conjunto Clásico, Tito Nieves sang Salsa in English, bringing the tropical sound to a new audience in the ‘80s and creating "the New York sound." Nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Salsa Album in 2002, he has received six Latin GRAMMY nominations, the latest for 2007's Canciones Clásicas de Marco Antonio Solís. His latest CD is Mi Ultima Grabación.

First-ever U.S. Tour of this Cuban National Treasure. Exclusive NYC Engagement!
Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 8pm
Tickets: $40, $35, $20 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat
Enrique Pérez Mesa, Music Director
Guido López-Gavilán, Guest Conductor
Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera, Piano Soloist
George Gershwin, Cuban Overture
George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue
Ernesto Lecuona, La Comparsa
Ludwig Van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
Since its inception on 1960, the Havana Symphony has been instrumental in developing and introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community, in addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. We're thrilled and honored to welcome them to New York City during their first, historic 21-city tour of the United States.

International Performance Series

Featuring La India, Tito Rojas and Frankie Negrón
A Gathering of Salsa Giants
Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 8pm
Tickets: $60, $55, $45
Salsa Palooza is back with three of the most successful and popular Salsa artists who will perform hit after hit of their amazing careers.

Featuring Felito Felix Y El Trio Los Antares, Odilio Gonzalez "El Jibarito de Lares," and José Miguel Class "El Gallito de Manatí"
Celebrating the Holiday Season, Jíbaro Style!
Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 8pm
Tickets: $45, $40, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat
This must-see concert features the unique jíbaro music from the mountains of Puerto Rico with three celebrated masters of the genre: Felito Felix Y El Trio Los Antares, in a tribute to Felipe Rodriguez; José Miguel Class "El Gallito de Manatí;" and Odilio Gonzalez "El Jibarito de Lares." Joining them will also be Estampas de Borinquen, Estercita Figueroa, William Guzmán, and many more!

Performing Concerto Málaga
The Royal Family of classical Guitar
Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 4pm
Tickets: $40, $35, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat
Classical guitar fans will revel in this opportunity to hear "The Royal Family of the Guitar" in a special concert performing Concerto Malaga. The illustrious career of The Romeros, comprised of Celin, Pepe, Celino (Celin's son) and Lito (Angel's son,) is unmistakably a milestone of Twentieth Century music. For over three decades the quartet has received popular and critical acclaim worldwide, prevailing as champions in the realm of classical guitar.

"Guardians of the Holy Grail of the Classical Guitar. What the Three Tenors are to the world of opera, The Romeros are to the classical guitar." - Leipzig Volkszeitung, after a performance at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany

"Collectively, they are the only classical guitar quartet of real stature in the world today; in fact, they virtually invented the format." - The New York Times

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