Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club visits Bass Hall Oct. 2!

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club performs Oct. 2. Photo by Alejandro Perez
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club performs Oct. 2. Photo by Alejandro Perez

Performing Arts Fort Worth warmly welcomes Cuban music ensemble Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club to Bass Performance Hall on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50 and are on sale NOW!

The 15-member lineup includes Latin Grammy award-winners Omara Portuondo (vocals) and Eliades Ochoa (guitar, vocals), trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, and laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, all of whom performed on Buena Vista Social Club’s acclaimed 1997 self-titled album.

More than a decade after Buena Vista Social Club’s emergence on the international stage via that Grammy-winning album, along with an Oscar-nominated documentary by acclaimed director Wim Wenders, the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club continues the pioneering work of the original group. Each member hails from Cuba and brings his or her unique perspective to traditional Cuban music and Latin jazz.

Omara Portuondo’s latest solo album Gracias (World Village / Montuno) won a Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Tropical Album. The New York Times raved: “The years have done nothing to mitigate her vocal prowess. Her voice is rich, shapely, dynamic and still sultry.”

Guajiro Mirabal’s distinctive trumpet sound and colorful phrasing have earned him the title of “The Trumpet of Cuba.” He garnered high praise for the Grammy-nominated Buena Vista Social Club Presents Luis Manual “Guajiro” Mirabal, his tribute to the music of prolific Cuban composer Arsenio Rodriguez.

Santiago de Cuba’s Eliades Ochoa is considered one of the most important soneros of all time and is always an audience favorite with his trademark cowboy hat and his unique harmonic guitar: a tres with added D and G strings.

Barbarito Torres has worked with many of the biggest names in Cuban music, including Celina Gonzalez’s Grupo Campoalegre and the Afro-Cuban All Stars. His 2001 solo album, Havana Café, includes guest appearances by Buena Vista veterans Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo.

After graduating from Instituto Superior de Arte and touring Italy with singer Augusto Enriquez, Roberto Fonseca joined saxophonist Javier Zalba to form Temperamento, a group that became his creative platform for the next 15 years. In 2001, Fonseca joined the Orquestra de Ibrahim Ferrer for a world tour. Led by Ferrer — a Buena Vista Social Club alum — the tour marked the beginning of ongoing and fruitful relationships with various members of BVSC.

Full lineup of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club:

Omara Portuondo, Lead Vocal
Eliades Ochoa, Guitar and Vocals
Jesus Aguaje Ramos, MD, Trombone, Vocals
Guajiro Mirabal, Trumpet
Barbarito Torres, Laud
Papi Oviedo, Tres
Pedro Pablo, Double Bass
Rolando Luna, Piano
Idania Valdés, Vocals and Minor Percussion
Carlos Calunga, Vocals
Alberto La Noche, Bongos
Filiberto Sanchéz, Timbales
Coayo, Congas
Luis Alemany, Trumpet
Guajirito Mirabal, Trumpet

To charge tickets by phone, call (817) 212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at http://www.basshall.com. Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. Ticket office hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For group sales, call 817-212-4248.

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