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Mexicans Will Exhibit Cuban Work on Perez Prado

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The Mexican Independent Company ”Conjuro Teatro” will premiere at the City Theater ”Yo soy el rey del mambo,” by Cuban playwright Ulises Rodriguez, the House of Scenic Memory (CME) confirmed here today. Directed by Dana Stella Aguilar, the group will perform on April 13, 14 and 15 in the aforementioned hall, in the Mexican capital, with a stage performance that pays homage to Damaso Perez Prado.

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Lolo Lovina band Creates Expectation in Havana World Music

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Australian group Lolo Lovina, influenced by a strong push of swing, gypsy Balkan music, tango and heavy metal, has performed in this capital in one of the facilities that host the Havana World Music Festival (HWM).

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“El Tosco” calls on the media to promote Cuban music

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Flutist, composer and pedagogue José Luis Cortés (El Tosco), one of the most distinguished Cuban instrumentalists, was presented with the 2017 National Music Prize on Saturday, March 17, for his contribution to the development and expansion of Cuban music.

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Juan Carlos Roque dissects the Buena Vista Social Club

Buenavista Social Club

THE Buena Vista Social Club was a very popular Havana dance hall in the 1940s and 50s, but that name is now known throughout the world as a Cuban musical phenomenon. It was a project born 20 years ago, under the direction of Juan de Marcos González, former director of the Sierra Maestra group, with renowned U.S. guitarist Ry Cooder as producer.

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Farewell to Sergio Vitier, a true, essential creator

Sergio Vitier

Sergio was the firstborn son to a couple which had already left an indelible mark on Cuban culture, writers Fina García Marruz and Cintio Vitier – the latter was also a violinist – and brother to José María Vitier, another essential name in Cuban music; while his uncle Felipe Dulzaides, jazz musician and vocal coach, represented an early paradigm for the young composer.

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Stravinsky in Havana’s Auditorium

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RECENTLY the 70th anniversary of the first visit to Havana by Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (1882 –1971) was celebrated, one of the most important and transcendental musicians of the 20th century. On April 6, the 45th anniversary of his death will be commemorated in New York.

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Confirmed: The Rolling Stones to play in Cuba

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In a press release issued March 1, legendary British rock band the Rolling Stones confirmed the news everyone had been waiting for: that they will play a free concert in Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva on March 25. The symbolic show will be a landmark event for both Cuba and the British group, set to perform for an audience who have been dreaming of seeing the world’s greatest rock band perform live for more than 40 years, not to mention the fact that it represents one of the most transcendental music events to take place in the country for the last 50 years.

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The Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana in all its splendor

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Army General Raúl Castro, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, alongside Alicia Alonso at the National Ballet of Cuba’s gala for the 57th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, and re-opening of the Grand Theater of Havana. Photo: Estudio Revolución
The majestic Grand Theater of Havana, a mecca of performing arts in Cuba and one of the architectural icons of the city, now bears the name of the exceptional ballerina Alicia Alonso.

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January 1 gala dedicated to the triumph of the Revolution in Havana’s newly renovated Alicia Alonso Gran Teatro

Gran Teatro de La Habana

Havana’s Alicia Alonso Gran Teatro will open its doors January 1, 2016, after a three-year renovation, with the customary gala dedicated to the triumph of the Revolution. Included will be a performance entitled Tríptico Clásico by the Cuban National Ballet, in Federico García Lorca Hall, accompanied by the theater’s orchestra conducted by Giovanny Duarte.

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Cuban musicians bring home Latin Grammys

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The Septeto Santiaguero won its first Latin Grammy last night, November 19, in the category of Best Traditional Tropical Album for its CD No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres, recorded with Dominican José Alberto, “El Canario.” The 2015 awards ceremony took place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, where other winners included Calle 13 and Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez for the video clip Ojos color sol; and Alex Cuba, for Healer. Pablo Milanés was recognized for his life long contributions with an Award for Musical Excellence.