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(Published: September 06, 2013)

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts proudly announces the lineup for its 2013-14 Season, which continues its 33-year tradition of bringing world-class entertainment to the Bronx. The season will include the return of multi-GRAMMY Award-winning legend EDDIE PALMIERI presenting the World Premiere of Sabiduria! with the great MAMBO LEGENDS ORCHESTRA and master flutist DAVE VALENTÍN. Audiences will be delighted by JOSE ALBERTO "EL CANARIO's" concert "THE SHOWMAN" and will celebrate the Holiday Season Jíbaro Style with PARRANDA NAVIDEÑA featuring LILY Y SU GRAN, ODILIO GONZALEZ and JOSÉ MIGUEL CLASS. Other world class performances include the HAIFA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by BOGUSLAW DAWIDOW featuring pianist ROMAN RABINOVITZ; the exciting musical theatre genius of the vocal group TEATRO; the virtuosity of PETER NERO's renditions of the George Gershwin songbook; the Latin humor of comedic star PAUL RODRIGUEZ with rising star RUPERTO VANDERPOOL; and the Lehman Center favorites FOREVER FREESTYLE 8 and DOO WOP featuring those eras' most popular groups. Lehman Center's eclectic 33rd Season promises an exciting array of talent to please all audiences. (Complete 2013-2014 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 ninth 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 Jose Feliciano, there have been many ‘firsts' and unique moments here. Lehman Center's 2013 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 Eddie Palmieri to the elegant Haifa Symphony Orchestra, 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. Plus special $10 tickets for any seat are available for selected shows for children 12 and under. Student and Senior discounts also may apply on selected events - call the box office at 718-960-8833 for more details. Becoming a 33rd 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 33rd Season Schedule.

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 2013-2014 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, Con Edison 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 2013-14 Latin and Popular Music schedule:

An Evening with a NEA Jazz Master & World Premiere of Sabiduria!
Special Invited Guests Ronnie Cuber, Alfredo de la Fe, Donald Harrison and Joe Locke
and Invited Guests Anthony Carrillo, Luques Curtis, Vicente "Little Johnny" Rivero and Camilo Molina.
Produced by Lehman Center and Bob Sancho.
Saturday, September 28th, 2013 - 8pm
Tickets: $60, $55, $45
Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. The NEA Jazz Master has been awarded nine Grammy Awards and his recordings have become classics with such hits as "Azucar," "Muñeca," "Vamonos Pa'l Monte" and "Puerto Rico." Eddie Palemieri's SABIDURIA! (Wisdom) will have its not-to-be missed WORLD PREMIERE at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on September 28th!
The Mambo Legends Orchestra is comprised of former members of the Tito Puente Orchestra. Led by famed bongocero John "Dandy" Rodriquez, sax/flutist Mitch Frohman and musically directed by timbalero and arranger Jose Madera, the band is dedicated to keeping the ‘50s and ‘60s Palladium-era sound alive as it explores new musical concepts.
Dave Valentín, the Grammy Award-winning master flutist, is a South Bronx native of Puerto Rican descent with an unusual technique that emphasizes the percussive side of flute playing

Presented by José Raposo
Saturday, October 12th, 2013 - 8pm
Tickets: $50, $40, $30
Jose Alberto "El Canario" is back to Lehman Center by popular demand to present his concert "THE SHOWMAN" that covers his musical history of 35 years in one night. Experience a musical ride from the beginning, remembering many successes and presenting a completely different show, with surprise artists and interpreting the topics that will surely be a delight of those present.

PETER NERO performing The Gershwin Project
50th Anniversary of Thrilling and Beautiful Piano Sound
Saturday, October 26th, 2013 - 8pm
Tickets: $35, $30, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat
Peter Nero, the founding conductor of the Philly Pops and two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist is celebrating his fifty year recording career, which has produced 67 recordings. Nero, along with bassist Michael Barnett, will present a program drawn from George Gershwin's iconic American songbook performed with virtuosity, authenticity, and an inviting sense of humor in a one-of-a-kind concert.

A Journey through Pop Culture
The Most Sought-After Impressionist in the World
Saturday, November 9th, 2013 - 8pm
Tickets: $45, $40, $25
With an array of over 100 spot-on impressions, Jeff Tracta pays tribute to over fifty years of music, comedy and pop culture. Cutting-edge technology allows Jeff to transform himself into a galaxy of stars from current music artists such as Lady Gaga, Eminem and the Black Eye Peas, to music legends like Bob Dylan, Billy Joel and Elton John, to comedians that include Adam Sandler, George Lopez, Joan Rivers and the entire cast of Family Guy, wowing audiences in the process.

Internationally Acclaimed All-Star Evening
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 - 8pm
Tickets: $40, $35, $25
Deana Martin is an instantly recognizable vocalist in the pantheon of the Great American Songbook. She will be singing classics like "Arrivederci Roma," "That Old Black Magic," "Smile," "I Will" and "Kiss to Build a Dream On."
Chris Gillespie is a versatile pianist, singer and composer with a love for jazz and a great feel for his audience. Through his unique synthesis of jazz and classical music, he has created a personal style, which he calls "jazsical."

PAUL RODRIGUEZ with Special Guest Ruperto Vanderpool
Star and producer of "The Original Latin Kings of Comedy" Comedy Concert Film
Saturday, November 30th, 2013 - 8pm
Tickets: $85, $75, $55
Revered as one of the first Latin Kings of Comedy, Paul Rodriguez is one of the most loved Latino comedians of his time with a 20-year career that has included starring roles and featured appearances in over 40 films and countless television series and comedy specials. Joining Rodriguez on stage will be the Bronx-born Rupert Vanderpool, a natural born comedian who's best known for his pantomiming humor and his endless variety of facial expressions.

Odilio Gonzalez "El Jibarito de Lares," José Miguel Class "El Gallito de Manatí,"
5 en Plena, and Conjunto Ritmo Tropical & MORE
Celebrating the Holiday Season, Jíbaro Style!
Saturday, December 14th, 2013 - 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: Lily Y Su Gran Trio singing all her famous romantic songs, José Miguel Class "El Gallito de Manatí" celebrating his 60 years anniversary and Odilio Gonzalez "El Jibarito de Lares." Joining them will also be 5 en Plena, Conjunto Ritmo Tropical and more.

Celebrate the New Year with One of the World's Greatest Theatrical Vocalist Groups
Saturday, January 4th, 2014 - 8pm
Tickets: $45, $40, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat
Recognized internationally as one of the World's Greatest Theatrical Vocalist Groups, TEATRO's four handsome fun-loving, British West End leading men, Michael Cotton, Evan Siegal, Jeremiah James and Forest Vandyke, have swept audiences away with their distinct brand of new-age Rat-Pack style voices and exciting arrangements of Broadway and West End musical theater hits.
Special New Year's Celebration in the Lobby in front of the Box Office after the show: Join us for a toast and meet members of Teatro! Champagne (optional) will be available for purchase and all proceeds to benefit Lehman Center.

DOO WOP - Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay
Presented by Sal Abbatiello
Featuring Fred Parris & The 5 Satins, The Belmonts, the former Lead singer of the Shirelles, Shirley Alston Reeves, Larry Chance & The Earls, The Chiffons, and Danny & The Juniors
Saturday, January 18th, 2014 - 8pm
Tickets: $50, $45, $35
Doo Wop's leading singers and musical groups will offer a finger-snappin', foot-tappin', sing-along evening of classic hits featuring Fred Parris & The 5 Satins "In the Still of the Night," The Belmonts "Teenager In Love," Shirley Alston Reeves "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," Larry Chance & The Earls "Life Is But a Dream," The Chiffons "My Boyfriend's Back," and Danny & The Juniors "At the Hop."

In its Bronx Debut!
Praised for its Vivacity and Virtuosity
Thursday, February 6th, 2014 - 8pm
Tickets: $75*, $35, $30, $25 | Children 12 and under, $10 any seat
(*includes prime seats and pre-concert reception)
Making its Bronx debut, The Haifa Symphony Orchestra is the most significant musical institute in the north of Israel. Featuring Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovitz in the Tchaikovsky Piano concerto No. 1, conductor Boguslaw Dawidow will lead a program that includes Weber's Overture to the opera Euryanthe and the powerful Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

A Lehman Center Favorite!
The Latin-flavored ‘80s Dance Music Sensation!
Line-up to be announced soon!
Produced by SAL ABBATIELLO of Fever Records
Saturday, March 1st, 2014 - 8pm
Tickets: $100, $65, $60, $55

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