BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at University at
Buffalo will present the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba on
Monday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre in the
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus.
Since its inception in 1960, the National Symphony Orchestra of
Cuba has been instrumental in developing and introducing Cuban and
Latin American music to the international classical music
community. In addition to covering a vast symphonic and chamber
repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music, the
orchestra will be performing internationally renowned pieces.
Piano soloist Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera stunned Cuban audiences
at the age of 12, performing "Rachmanioff's Concerto No. 2" with
the Havana Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, Herrera toured as a member
of the Afro Cuban All Stars. His love of classical music quickly
combined with traditional Cuban rhythms under the instruction of
the Cuban masters -- Ruben Gonzalez, Jorge Gomez Labrana and Frank
Fernandez. In his 20s, Nachito became the musical director at the
famous "Tropicana" in Cuba where he continued to deepen his
The concert will include Gershwin's "Cuban Overture" and
"Rhapsody in Blue" as well as Beethoven's "Symphony #5" and
Lecuona's "La Comparsa." The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba is
led by music director Enrique Perez Mesa and will feature composer
Guido Lopez Gavilan as guest-conductor.
Tickets for National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba are $47 and $37
general admission, and $20 for students and children. Tickets are
available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (Monday through
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and through tickets.com. To charge
tickets call 1-888-223-6000. For more information call 716-645-2787
or visit http://www.ubcfa.org.