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5816Orquesta A ragón – A Cuban Musi cal Celebr ation

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  • Robert Armstrong
    Feb 26, 2014
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      Dear All,
      Please read below for information about an upcoming Cuban music concert.


      San Francisco International Arts Festival
      San Francisco International Arts Festival, with the School of Music & Dance and
      the Department of Latina/o Studies of San Francisco State University present
      Orquesta Aragón
      A Cuban Musical Celebration
      Also featuring the Afro-Cuban Ensemble of
      SFSU & the City College of San Francisco Charanga Orchestra
      Orquesta Aragón
      Sunday April 20, 6:00pm.
      Pre-Performance Reception
      with the Artists 4:00pm

      McKenna Hall,
      San Francisco State University,
      1600 Holloway Road,
      San Francisco, CA 94132

      Tickets: Reserved Seating: $40 - $60
      Reception with the Artists $20*
      $5 Discount for Full Time Students
      & Senior Tickets

      *Tickets for the Artist Reception are
      only available for advance purchase
      with tickets to the concert.
      Box-Office: 415-338-2467.
      Group Rates Available:
      Call 415-399-9554 for info

      The San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) is joining with the School of Music & Dance at San Francisco State University to present an exclusive Bay Area engagement with the legendary Cuban music ensemble Orquesta Aragón from Havana. Aragón brings the musical genius of generations of musicians to the Bay Area dedicated to sharing their rich musical heritage with both young and old music fans throughout the world.
      Orquesta Aragón has been a cornerstone of Cuban culture for seven decades, prospering in the heady, profligate days before Fidel Castro came to power and then thriving after the revolution transformed the country’s music industry. Through all the personnel, stylistic and political changes, Aragón has kept its focus, spreading irresistible Cuban rhythms around the world. Always looking to make dancers happy, the band has cultivated a highly flexible approach that allows it to keep up with changing fashions while staying true to its basic sound.
      Led by accomplished violinist and musical director Rafael Lay, Jr. and with a creative range from danzon, son, cha-cha-chá, and more, Orquesta Aragón’s classic charanga form their distinctive sound based on traditional son with its African rhythm section and Spanish melodies, over which they added flutes and violins.
      The importance of Orquesta Aragón to Cuban Music is similar to that of Duke Ellington or Count Basie to American Jazz. Orquesta Aragón's extraordinary adventure began in September 1939 when bass player Orestes Aragón Cantero brought his small charanga to Cienfuegos for their debut. This Charanga group has gone on to become one of Cuba’s most treasured cultural entities with a reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of classic Cuban popular songs.
      Known for such hits as “El Bodeguero,” “La Gloria Eres Tu,” and “Calculadora,” the group has performed in prestigious venues all around the world – Carnegie Hall in New York, Olympia Theatre in Paris, and Tchaikovsky’s Theatre of Russia. They can be heard live regularly on Radio Progreso in Havana (making their debut on the station in 1955) and have recorded over 100 albums.

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