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Posted September 21, 2012 by publisher in Cuban Music

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Press Release

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will be performing on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8pm at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is honored to welcome this Cuban National Treasure to New York City during their first, historic 21-city tour of the United States.

Tickets range from $25 to $40. Children 12 and under are welcome for $10 each.

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About the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba

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. International tours have taken the orchestra to Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru and Argentina.

Among the more than 100 guest conductors who have led the orchestra include Sir Thomas Beecham, Sergiu Celibidache, Pierre Monteaux, Charles Munch, Eugene Ormandy, Wilhelm Steinberg, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Bruno Walter. Acclaimed international soloists have included Marian Anderson, Claudio Arrau, Jorge Bolet, Jose Carreras Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, Ruggiero Ricci, Mstislav Rostropovich Arthur Rubinstein, Andres Segovia, Isaac Stern, among many others.

Piano soloist, Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera stunned Cuban audiences at the age of twelve, performing “Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2” with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, Herrera toured as a member of the Afro Cuban All Stars.  His love of classical music quickly combined with traditional Cuban rhythms under the instruction of the Cuban masters-Rubén González, Jorge Gomez Labraña, and Frank Fernández. In his twenties, Nachito became the musical director at the famous “Tropicana” in Cuba where he continued to deepen his repertoire.

The concerts will include Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture” and “Rhapsody in Blue”.  The Orchestra will also include such internationally known works as Ernesto Lecuona’s “Malagueña.”  The program will conclude with Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5”.

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).  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.  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.

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.

For additional information, photos, interview requests, contact Leah Grammatica at 212.243.6052 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Touring schedule includes the following cities

Kansas City, MO * Urbana, IL * Ames, IA * Rockville, MD * Buffalo, NY * Worcester, MA * Williamsport, PA 17701 * Schenectady, NY * Bronx, NY * Union, NJ * Danville, VA * Newport News, VA * Opelika, AL * Aiken, SC * Daytona Beach, FL * Augustine, FL * Naples, FL * Tampa, FL * St. Petersburg, FL * Fort Pierce, FL * West Palm Beach, FL

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