Hostos Center Presents
Multi-Grammy Nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
Mega Concert Tribute to Composer Rafael Hernández
Friday, November 1, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
Concert Celebrates Puerto Rican Heritage Month Features Members of the Bronx Arts Ensemble String Section and the 319th U.S. Army Band
Bronx, NY - To kick off Puerto Rican Heritage Month, the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture will present the multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., performing a tribute to Puerto Rico’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernández, affectionately known as “El Jibarito Bohemio.” Sanabria’s 19-piece Multiverse Big Band will be joined by ten members of the Bronx Arts Ensemble string section and three guest vocalists performing arrangements of Hernández’ music. The performance will open with the 319th U.S. Army “Statue of Liberty” Band honoring Hernández’s service during World War I as a member of the legendary U.S. Army 369th “Harlem Hellfighters” Band and performing re-creations of repertoire of that esteemed ensemble.
Sanabria will lead the Mutiverse Big Band and the members of the Bronx Arts Ensemble String Section in a contemporary Latin jazz treatment of Hernández’s most celebrated works, including “Preciosa,” “El Cumbanchero,” and “Cachita,” among others.
“Wherever they may be in the diaspora, the music of Rafael Hernández represents the soul of the Puerto Rican people,” says Sanabria. “He is considered by many to be not only Puerto Rico's, but also Latin America's greatest composer. By the cognoscenti he is considered to be on the level of America's two greatest composers, Ellington and Gershwin. It has long been a dream of mine to produce a program totally devoted to this aspect of his music with my big band, along with the addition of a string section. That dream is realized with this concert."
Tickets for this special concert are priced at $25.00, $30.00, and $35.00, and are available for purchase through the Hostos Box Office at 718-518-4455. Tickets will also be available at the box office on the night of performance beginning at 5:30 PM.
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band with U. S. Army 319th “Statue of Liberty” Band and members of the Bronx Arts Ensemble String Section Tribute to Rafael Hernández Celebrating Puerto Rican Heritage Month
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
Box Office: 718-518-4455
November 21-24, 2013
Multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
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