*Cuban director Enrique Pérez Mesa, maestro of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and the Chamber Orchestra “Nuestro Tiempo, is taking advantage of a brief stay at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the borough of the Bronx, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, where he will conduct his National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm giving the Bronx an afternoon of culture they wont soon forget.
Direct from Cuba the 75-member orchestra returns by popular demand. Aficionados of the orchestra were overwhelmed when the Orchestra took the United States by storm via their stunning performance debut during their 2012 tour. The orchestra under the guidance of Musical Director c will feature a Latin-flavored classical program that includes Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Roldan’s Three Little Poems, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, De Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
Formed in 1960, The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, was then known as the Havana Symphony. It has gone on to develop and introduce exceptional Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community via its vast symphonic and chamber repertoire. A repertoire which ranges from baroque to contemporary music. The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has conducted international tours delighting audiences in countries such as Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru and Argentina.
Pérez Mesa is a graduate of the National School of Arts specializing in the violin. He studied orchestral conducting at the Higher Institute of Art of Cuba. In addition he holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of the Arts of Havana. He was musical director of the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with prestigious artists such as the guitar quartet Los Romeros, Víctor Pellegrini, Ney Rosauro, and Frank Fernández. He has participated in important festivals such as the Guitar International of Havana, Morelia, the Autumn Festival “Eduardo Mata”, Symphony Orchestra, The famed Perez-Mesa has led performances in prestigious concert halls all over the world. He has collaborated with well-known soloists including Alexandra Ferri, Francesco Manara, José Manuel Carreño, Frank Fernández, Roger Woodward, Konstantin Cherbakov, Alexander Braginski, Joaquín Clerch, The Romeros Quartet, Jorge Luis Prats and Víctor Rodríguez.
His recordings include a Grammy Award Nomination for Salmo de Las Americas, in the category of Classical music; his DVD recording with the Cuban pianist, Frank Fernandez, was nominated for the Cubadisco 2007.
Tickets for the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba range from $45, $40, and $25, with a special $10 ticket price for children 12 & under. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 or via going on line at www.LehmanCenter.org. Lehman Center is accessible by the #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd., and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking is available for $5.
Deardra Shuler has experience in theatre, music, concert promotion, television and publishing. She was affiliated with the Negro Ensemble Company and is a former manager of the children’s theatre,”TADA.” She has produced and promoted concerts in Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and Radio City Music Hall.
Ms. Shuler is the former Editor and Managing Editor of three New York City minority newspapers. Presently, she is the Entertainment Editor of The Black Star News. As a freelance writer she writes for several New York City newspapers; including the Examiner, Amsterdam News and Eurweb.
Deardra had a column in Sweden and freelances for Afrocentricnews in California. She is the former PR chairman for the FESPACO film festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Africa, and is presently program manager for BlakeRadio.com where she also hosts her own show “Topically Yours.”