Friday, October 26, 8:00 pm, The Mainstage at Proctors
Featuring Afro Cuban All Stars’ former celebrated pianist Ignacio ‘Nachito’ Herrera
First U.S. Tour!
Schenectady, N.Y. - For those looking for an evening of music that leaves their feet tapping and fans the desire to hop a plane headed due south, the National Symphony of Cuba will arrive at Proctors on Friday, October 26th at 8:00 PM, with the Afro Cuban All Stars’ former celebrated pianist, Ignacio ‘Nachito’ Herrera, leading the charge!
Herrera, a classical pianist who has deeply felt his roots as musical director of the renowned ‘Tropicana’ in Cuba, entered the international spotlight at the age of twelve with his mesmerizing performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano 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 incorporated traditional Cuban rhythms under the instruction of the Cuban masters - Rubén González, Jorge Gomez Labraña, and Frank Fernández. In his twenties, Nachito became the musical director at the famous “Tropicana” in Cuba where he continued to deepen his repertoire.
The Friday October 26 performance will mix traditional Western repertoire – with works by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Prokofiev — with Gershwin’s lush Cuban Overture, Lecuona’s Malagueña, and, as a special treat, composer Guido Lopez-Gavilan will make an appearance as conductor of his own piece, Guaguanco!
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. International tours have taken the orchestra to Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru and Argentina.
Innumerable guest conductors have previously led this esteemed orchestra, including such legends as Igor Stravinsky, Leopold Stokowski and Heitor Villa-Lobos, shaping performances from renowned soloists such as Arthur Rubinstein, Andres Segovia and Isaac Stern. Included among the more than 100 guest conductors who have led the orchestra are Sir Thomas Beecham, Sergiu Celibidache, Pierre Monteaux, Charles Munch, Eugene Ormandy, Wilhelm Steinberg, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Bruno Walter. Acclaimed international soloists have included Marian Anderson, Claudio Arrau, Jorge Bolet, Jose Carreras Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, Ruggiero Ricci, Mstislav Rostropovich Arthur Rubinstein, Andres Segovia, Isaac Stern, among many others.
For both staunch classical afficionados and those looking for spicier fare, this evening of multicultural music, brought to you by a world-renowned soloist and orchestra, is a must see!
TICKETS on Sale Now
Tickets to the Oct. 26 performance of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba at Proctors start as low as $20. Tickets are available at Proctors Box Office (518-346-6204) or online at proctors.org.
Good for all ages. Running time is 120 minutes, including intermission.
Free parking for the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba is available in the Broadway garage.
The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba at Proctors is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties.
Proctors in Downtown Schenectady, NY, offers more than 1,700 events a year to close to 600,000 visitors and residents of New York State’s Capital Region.
As a charitable, cultural and educational non-profit organization, Proctors depends on membership, donations and grants to bring exciting shows and excellent educational and community events to the Capital Region. Income from ticket sales pays for only 67 percent of the cost of running Proctors.