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Parranda Navidena Feat. Lily Y Su Gran Trio, Odilio Gonzalez "El Jibarito de Lares" and Jose Miguel Class" El Gallito de Manati", Plus 5 En Plena, Conjunto Ritmo Tropical & More
(Published: November 24, 2013)

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will once again present its popular, special holiday event, PARRANDA NAVIDEÑA, a Christmas celebration featuring the unique jíbaro music from the mountains of Puerto Rico with three celebrated masters of the genre, on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at 8pm. The concert will feature LILY Y SU GRAN TRIO, ODILIO GONZALEZ "El Jibarito de Lares" and JOSÉ MIGUEL CLASS "El Gallito de Manatí" who is celebrating his 60th anniversary. Joining them will be 5 en Plena, Conjunto Ritmo Tropical and more special guests. Produced by Lehman Center and Janet Sanchez.

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 PARRANDA NAVIDEÑA, on Saturday, December 14th, at 8pm are $45, $40, and $25, with a special $10 ticket price for children 12 and under, 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 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.

The LILY Y SU GRAN TRIO, is lead by the singer and composer LYDIA "LILY" DELGADO who was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico. While living in Chicago, she composed "Suenan las Campanas de la Iglesia". Lily then moved to New York City where she recorded her hit song "Toma Mi Corazón" with Her Great Trio that all hail from Puerto Rico, FERNANDO CARDONA and DANIEL BOSQUEfrom Las Marías and NELSON LUGO of Mayagüez. The group followed up with such famous romantic songs as "Más Te Quiero", "Transplante de Corazón" and "A Que No Te Atreves". As a songwriter she has had successful hits that include "Para Que Sigas Como Antes" and "Vivire Para Amarte". The group's most recent albums are Amor Y Duda and Navidad, both released on the Fania label in 2010. This will be Lily y su Gran Trio's first performance in New York in eight years.

ODILIO GONZALEZ was born in the small town of Lares in the center of Puerto Rico. With charm, a sweet voice and youthful good looks, he became a popular child star after radio performances in San Juan. One of Puerto Rico's most renowned and beloved popular singers, Gonzalez also enjoyed an avid following for his expert singing of the island's ancient traditional, poetic song form, the décima (also known as jíbaro music). His stage name was "Jibarito de Lares." He debuted in 1955 at age 16 in NYC, singing for crowds of nostalgic Puerto Ricans in the famed Teatro Puerto Rico. He made his first recordings of traditional jíbaro singing for the Ansonia label during the 1950s, the Golden Age of New York jíbaro music. His early recordings greatly influenced the singing style of fellow Lares native José Feliciano. Gonzalez crossed over to pop music in 1962 with "Celos Sin Motivo." His biggest hit, "Yo Tenía Una Luz" (I Had a Light), recorded in the early 70s, became a popular Christmas song and today is considered traditional.

JOSÉ MIGUEL CLASS, born in Manatí, Puerto Rico, won international fame as a singer during the 1960s and 70s. Nicknamed "El Gallito de Manatí" (Manatí's Little Rooster), he was famous in Puerto Rico during the 60s before moving to Mexico and becoming a singing sensation. His Mexican albums brought him acclaim throughout Central and South America and the rest of the Caribbean. When he returned to Puerto Rico during the 70s, he immediately landed a weekly television show. With his adopted Mexican accent, Class was known for his famous catchphrase "Yo soy El Gallo!" (I am the Rooster!) Currently celebrating his 60th anniversary, he has released over 20 albums, many re-mastered as CDs, including 2006's El Gallo and Navidades En Puerto Rico on the West Side Latino Records label.

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.

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