A Cuban Cornucopia

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Tuesday May 08, 2018

From The Washington Post

*A Cuban Cornucopia at the Kennedy Center_
By: Anna Midgette

A blast of Cuban art is hitting the Kennedy Center this month. The ‘Artes de Cuba’ festival kicked off at the Eisenhower Theater on Tuesday night with an exuberant cornucopia of music offering a foretaste of two weeks of performances ‘” from a jazz quintet that offered one number a cappella, with only hand-clapping as accompaniment, to an 87-year-old chanteuse, Omara Portuondo, who coquetted with the audience, sang three songs with heart and engagement, and lifted the curtain, after it had come down, to offer a last enthusiastic goodbye.

[…] A movement of a guitar sonata by the well-known composer Leo Brouwer, played by Alí Arango, fit seamlessly into the musical melting pot, intricate and rewarding. Aymée Nuviola, a salsa singer and actress, made a splash by dancing and singing and inciting the audience to participate in ‘Bemba Colora,’ and later accompanied Portuondo on the piano, as well as vocally, in ‘Tres Palabras.’ (Portuondo, accompanied by a gifted young pianist named Roldany Hernández, also sang ‘Veinte Años’ and ‘Quizás, Quizás, Quizás,’ also soliciting input from the many audience members to whom these songs were well known.)

Watch the full performance of the concert here
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