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Orquesta Aragón-Direct from Cuba-70th Birthday Celebration at Zellerbach Hall

Shabi S.
Berkeley, CA
Post #: 28

Direct from Cuba


Celebrating their 70th Anniversary at Zellerbach Hall

More information, free music player, tickets and videos are available at the web site: http://www.AragonAtZe...­

As the cultural door between the U.S. and Cuba opens again, Orquesta Aragón, with over 100 albums recorded and led by Rafael Lay, Jr., accomplished violinist and musical director, returns after many years for their 70th Anniversary Celebration at the University of California , Berkeley , Friday, August 13, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall.

The Cuban charanga band Orquesta Aragon is an integral part of Cuba's musical history. Founded in 1939, just about the same time Duke Ellington was meeting Billy Strayhorn for the first time, its name and its repertory have been transmitted from generation to generation. Orquesta Aragon is also credited with inspiring the New York mambo craze in the 1950's, collaborating with such legends of the mambo and the cha-cha-cha as Perez Prado and Beny Moré. The variety of the group's rhythms, its inventiveness, and the quality and presence of its musicians combine to make it today's top ambassador of Afro-Cuban music.

This legendary orchestra,continuing today as one of the most popular groups in Cuba and around the world, brings the musical genius of generations of musicians dedicated to sharing their rich musical heritage with both young and old music fans throughout the world. They can be heard now on Radio Progreso in Havana, and have played on that station since 1955.

With a creative range from danzon, son, cha-cha-chá, and more, Orquesta Aragón’s classic charanga form with rhythm section augmented by flutes and violins, electrifies audiences with a pulsating and pleasing mix of old favorites and new tunes. If you loved Buena Vista Social Club and continue to enjoy Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All-Stars, here April 2011 with Cal Performances, you will surely love Orquesta Aragón, La Madre de las Charangas Cubanas – The Mother of The Cuban Charangas.

Known for such hits as “El Bodeguero,” “La Gloria Eres Tu,” and “Calculadora,” the group has performed in presitigious venues all around the world – Carnegie Hall in New York , Olympia Theatre in Paris , and Tchaikovsky’s Theatre of Russia. Come celebrate this historic occasion of 70 years of spectacular musical achievement.

Ever wonder where most of your timba lyrics come from? The "Music Player" page at www.AragonAtZellerbach.com features Aragon 's originals of Manolito's remake, "El Paso de Encarnacion," and Charanga Habanera's, "Para Bailar a Mi Lo Mismo Me Da....Juana o su Hermana".

Orquesta Aragón's first tour in many years starts in Miami and comes to the Bay Area for one show only on Friday, August 13, 2010 at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets right away for best selection of seats in Zellerbach Hall.. $65 Orch-$50 Mezz/Tiers-$35 Balcony.

Tickets are available now at http://www.AragonAtZe...­

The musicians are:

1. Rafael Felipe Lay Bravo, Director, Violín
2. Guillermo Gonzalo García Valdés, Percusión
3. Celso Valdés Santandreu, Violín
4. Lázaro Dagoberto González Siboré, Violín
5. Dagoberto Pascual González Piedra, Violín
6. Orlando Jesús Pérez Montero, Piano
7. Eduardo Ramón Rubio Pérez, Flauta (flute)
8. Roberto Espinosa Rodríguez, Guitarra (guitar)
9. José Palma Cuesta, Guiro y voz (guiro and voice)
10. Ernesto Bacallao Serrano, Voz (voice)
11. Juan Carlos Villegas Alfonso, Voz (voice)
12. Horacio Rodríguez del Toro, Paila (drum)
13. Eric Labaut Lay, Viola

Youtube Link:

Zellerbach Hall

Cal Berkeley Campus

Admission: $30, $50, $65

For tickets and more info http://www.aragonatze...­

This show will sell out quickly. Get your tickets today!

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