An exclusive Bay Area engagement with the legendary Cuban music ensemble
Sunday, April 20, 6 pm
San Francisco State University's McKenna Hall
1600 Holloway in San Francisco
Tickets range from $40 to $60
The Post-Performance Artist Reception is $20
For ticket and event information, visit www.sfiaf.org or phone (415) 338-2467
Also featured on the program is the Afro-Cuban Ensemble of SFSU and The City College of San Francisco Charanga Orchestra.
Presented by The San Francisco International Arts Festival and the School Of Music & Dance at San Francisco State University.
There will also be a Post-Performance Reception with the Artists 7:45pm
Orquesta Aragón has been a cornerstone of Cuban culture for seven decades since 1939 when original bassist Orestes Aragon Cantero brought his small charanga to Cienfuegos for their debut. Led by accomplished violinist and musical director Rafael Lay, Jr. with a creative range from danzon, son, cha-cha-cha, 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 flute and violins. The importance of Orquesta Aragón to Cuban Music is similar to that of Duke Ellington or Count Basie to American Jazz. Know for such hits as "El Bodeguero", "La Gloria Eres Tu" and "Calculadora", the group has performed in prestigious venues all around the world.
In addition to the Sunday night performance, on Monday, April 21, Aragon will lead a musical master class for SF State music students, while the Latino/a Studies Dept. will conduct a special symposium on US/Cuba relations to coincide with the visit.
Co-sponsored by KPFA