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Lehman Center Announces 2014-15 Season | Latin and Popular Music Concerts
(Published: September 08, 2014)


Featuring Latin and Popular Music Concerts


Lehman Center for the Performing Arts proudly announces the lineup for its 2014-15 Season, which continues its 34-year tradition of bringing world-class entertainment to the Bronx. The season will include a concert of intense passion with romantic favorites interpreted by the "National Voice of Puerto Rico," DANNY RIVERA, as he presents OBSESIÓN, his beautiful new album that features timeless Boleros from the great Latin American songbook with Musical Director and Tresero, NELSON GONZÁLEZ, and the return of JOSE ALBERTO "EL CANARIO" to La Casa de la Salsa as he reunites with the original stars of LA TÍPICA'73, CAMILO AZUQUITA, TITO ALLEN, SONY BRAVO, JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ and ALFREDO DE LA FÉ. Audiences will celebrate the Holiday Season Jíbaro Style with PARRANDA NAVIDEÑA featuring FELITO FELIX Y EL TRIO LOS ANTARES, ODILIO GONZALEZ and LILY Y SU GRAN TRIO and be entranced by other world class performances including the ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DEL ESTADO DE MÉXICO conducted by Maestro ENRIQUE BÁTIZ and the special 60th Anniversary Concert of LA SONORA PONCEÑA featuring pianist PAPO LUCCA and special guests YOLANDA RIVERA, LUIGI TEXIDOR and HECTOR PICHI PÉREZ with MC PACO NAVARRO. The popular Lehman Center favorites FOREVER FREESTYLE 9 and ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY - The Best of Doo Wop return along with a newly added concert OLD-SCHOOL HIP HOP, a celebration of the musical genre that was born in the neighborhoods of the South Bronx. Lehman Center's eclectic 34th Season promises an exciting array of talent to please all audiences.  (Complete 2014-2015 Latin and Popular music schedule included below)

For more than three decades Lehman Center for the Performing Arts has presented an international selection of artists and celebrities at very affordable ticket prices. Eva Bornstein, who is beginning her tenth season as Executive Director of Lehman Center, says, "As I look back and recall great performances from legends like Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, Johnny Mathis and José Feliciano, there have been many ‘firsts' and unique moments here, like last season's performance of Michael Bolton. Lehman Center was also the only place in the entire country where Gilberto Santa Rosa and Rubén Blades performed together on the same stage for the very first time. Lehman Center's 2014 season offers a full and varied line-up of performances that stay true to bringing the best headliners, dance, music and cultural attractions to the Bronx. From the legendary Danny Rivera to the unprecedented reunion of Jose Alberto "El Canario" with La Típica'73, to the extraordinary Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, to the classic Rock and Roll is Here to Stay Concert, our new season has something for everyone."

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 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.

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, or buy five family shows and receive a 15% discount. Plus special $10 tickets for any seat are available for selected shows for children 12 and under. Group, Student, Alumni and Senior discounts also may apply on selected events ' call the box office at 718-960-8833 for more details. Becoming a 34th Season 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 and complete 34th Season Schedule.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. 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 2014-2015 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, Con Edison, the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, the Rudin Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, the Friends of Lehman Center and through corporations, foundations and private donations.

For additional information, photos, interview requests, contact:
Leah Grammatica  /  LGPR  /  212-243-6052  /  Leahgram@aol.com

Lehman Center 2014-15 Latin and Popular Music Concerts schedule:

A presentation of OBSESIÓN, Danny Rivera's new album
With Musical Director and Tresero NELSON GONZÁLEZ
Featuring Konrad Adderley, Federico Britos, Eduardo Reyes, Ricardo Pons, Johnny Rodríguez, Willie Rodríguez, Juan Wust, Ruben Rodríguez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Bobby Allende and Cuban Pianist Emilio Morales. Perform hits such as "Tu Pueblo Es Mi Pueblo," "Amada Amante," and "Madrigal."
Produced by Lehman Center and Robert Sancho
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - 8pm
Tickets: $60, $55, $45

Danny Rivera, known as the "National Voice of Puerto Rico" has in his almost fifty-year career recorded over seventy albums, sold thousands of records and has performed hundreds of concerts including selling out Carnegie Hall in four different decades (1979, 1989, 1999 & 2010). With a repertoire that emphasizes the Bolero, Rivera has frequently been at the top of the charts with such hit songs as "Porque yo te amo," "Fuiste mía un verano," and "Para decir adios." Many of his albums are now considered classics, including Alborada, Serenata, Danza Para Mi Pueblo, Amar o Morir and Amigos del Alma.

Nelson González was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in New York City and is widely regarded as the foremost master of the Tres Guitar, leading Cachao to dub him the "Ambassador of the Tres." With a versatility that can range from Afro-Cuban to Salsa to Bolero, he has been featured on seven Grammy-award winning albums, been a member of the seminal bands Orquestra Harlow, Orquestra Revelación and Típica'73, and has toured with Cachao, La India, Marc Anthony, the Conga Kings, Rubén Blades, and Eddie Palmieri. Gonzalez has performed with Danny Rivera for over 25 years

Together for the first time at Lehman Center, JOSE ALBERTO "EL CANARIO" reunited with his original star band mates of LA TÍPICA'73 Camilo Azuquita, Tito Allen, Sony Bravo, Johnny Rodriguez, Alfredo De La Fé and More!
This concert will also feature a special presentation of Jose Alberto's new album Romantico y Rumbero.
Produced by Lehman Center and José Raposo
Saturday, October 25th, 2014 - 8pm
Tickets: $50, $45, $30

Jose Alberto "El Canario" is nicknamed El Canario (The Canary) because of his exquisite voice and amazing ability to use his highly melodious whistling skills as a soloing instrument. He is one of the most successful and respected artists on the salsa music scene with a recording history spanning 37 years and 21 solo albums.

La Típica'73 was a popular New York Cuban charanga and salsa band in the 1970s and early 1980s known for their experimental style of combining conjunto percussive instruments (congos, timbales and bongos) with a horn section and for being the first US-based salsa orchestra to record in Cuba. Jose Alberto was the original vocalist for the orchestra. The term tipica refers to the "typical" configuration of a Cuban charanga with violin. Bongo-playing Johnny Rodriguez was the band's leader and pianist Sony Bravo was the musical director. Famed Cuban violinist Alfredo De La Fé joined the band in 1977.

60th Anniversary Concert
With Special Guests Yolanda Rivera, Luigi Texidor and Hector Pichi Pérez with MC Paco Navarro
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 - 8pm
Tickets: $100, $85, $75

La Sonora Ponceña has been entertaining audiences for six decades. The orchestra will be returning to Lehman Center to celebrate its 60th anniversary, featuring the piano virtuosity of Papo Lucca.

Featuring Felito Felix Y El Trio Los Antares,
Odilio Gonzalez and Lily Y Su Gran Trio
Celebrating the Holiday Season, Jíbaro Style!
Produced by Lehman Center and Janet Sánchez
Saturday, December 13th, 2014 - 8pm
Tickets: $50, $45, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

A Lehman Center holiday tradition, this must-see concert features the unique jíbaro music from the mountains of Puerto Rico with three celebrated masters of the genre: Odilio Gonzalez "El Jibarito de Lares," Lily Y Su Gran Trio singing all her famous romantic songs and Felito Felix Y El Trios Los Antares.

Sal Abbatiello Presents the 2nd Annual
ROCK & ROLL IS HERE TO STAY - The Best of Doo Wop
Doo Wop Returns to Lehman Center for Another Night of Oldies and Fun
Featuring The Duprees, The Platters, The Belmonts, Barbara Harris & The Toys, Larry Chance & The Earls and The Rag Dolls A Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Revue
Hosted by Johnny Z of WFAS 1230AM & Sal Abbatiello
Dj Conchi playing all the classics throughout the night
Produced by Lehman Center and Sal Abbatiello
Saturday, January 24th, 2015 - 8pm
Tickets: $55, $50, $45

The Doo Wop Show returns to Lehman's stage for another Night of Oldies and Fun! Doo Wop's leading singers and musical groups will offer a finger-snappin', foot-tappin', sing-along evening of classic hits featuring The Duprees "You Belong To Me," The Platters "My Own True Love,"  The Belmonts "Teenager In Love," Barbara Harris & The Toys "A Lover's Concerto," Larry Chance & The Earls "Life Is But a Dream" and The Rag Dolls A Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Hit Songs Revue "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You."

Direct from México City
Enrique Bátiz, Music Director and Chief Conductor
Program includes: Three Spanish Dances (Enrique Granados), Noches en los Jardines de España (Manuel de Falla) and Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 (Johannes Brahms)
Saturday, February 14th, 2015 - 8pm
Tickets: $35, $30, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat

The Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México was founded in 1971 at the initiative of Maestro Enrique Bátiz and the State Government of Mexico, to promote music as a means of union and identification among Mexicans. A source of pride and joy to Mexican-Americans and Mexiquense, the Orquesta Sinfónica has toured North America, China and throughout Europe. Their concerts feature a wide range of traditional Mexican and Spanish songs as well as classics by Verdi and Beethoven.

Fever Records and Sal Abbatiello Presents
A Lehman Center Favorite!
The Latin-flavored ‘80s Dance Music Sensation!
Performing live on stage, TKA/K7, Judy Torres, George Lamond, The Cover Girls, Noel, Lisette Melendez, Sugar Hill Gang, Rob Base, Soave and More!
Hosted by Sal Abbatiello and Speedy
Music by Dj Lucho, Dj Solo and The Whiteboy Dj Kys
Produced by Lehman Center and Sal Abbatiello
Saturday, March 7th, 2015 - 8pm
Tickets: $100, $65, $60, $55

The freestyle phenomenon of the late 80's featuring TKA/K7 "Maria," Judy Torres "No Reason To Cry," George Lamond "Bad Of The Heart," The Cover Girls "Show Me," Noel "Silent Morning," Lisette Melendez "Together Forever," Sugar Hill Gang "Rapper's Delight," Rob Base "It Takes Two" and Soave "Crying Over You." More artists to be announced!

Hip Hop returns to the Boogie Down Bronx
Artists to be announced
Produced by Lehman Center and Sal Abbatiello
Saturday, March 7th, 2015 - 8pm
Tickets: $100, $65, $60, $55
In the early 1970s a musical genre, Old-School Hip Hop, was born in the neighborhoods of the South Bronx.

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