Pregones Theater’s 31st Season continues with the popular March Is Music series from Wednesday, March 2nd, through Sunday, March 27th. This year’s headliners are world-class exponents of contemporary, classical, tango fusion, Latin jazz, and traditional music including ENSEMBLE ACJW, soprano EVA DE LA O, trombonist PAPO VÁZQUEZ, bassist KONRAD ADDERLEY and bandoneonist TITO CASTRO with MONKTANGO, LOS PLENEROS DE LA 21, and many others. Seven concerts and dialogues for all ages! The series kicks off with a FREE concert and tickets for all other performances start at $15 for residents of select zip codes in The Bronx, East Harlem, and Washington Heights. All performances are at Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, just south of Yankee Stadium and east of the Gateway Mall at Bronx Terminal Market. Event calendar and online ticket sales at www.pregones.org or by phone at 718-585-1202.
DETAIL OF EVENTS:
ENSEMBLE ACJW (FREE CONCERT) - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 @ 7:00 pm
ENSEMBLE ACJW is the distinguished performing arm of The Academy — a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. Their rich chamber music repertory includes many classical favorites and innovators. This FREE concert will feature works by Pulitzer Prize winner and McArthur "Genius" Fellow Charles Wuorinen, multicultural pioneer Lou Harrison, tango revolutionary Astor Piazzolla, and new music icon John Cage. Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall's Community Concert Series and The Weill Music Institute, and sponsored by Target.
EVA DE LA O & MÚSICA DE CÁMARA - SATURDAY, MARCH 5 @ 8:00 pm
Puerto Rican soprano and classical music maven Eva de La O is founder of Música de Cámara and one of Pregones Theater’s Latino Masters for 2011. In this one-time concert, she shares highlights from an extraordinary career, including Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rodrigo, Campos Parsi, Rafael Hernández, and other greats of the European and Latin American repertoire. With special guest José “Kiko” Ramos Santana on piano and the Música de Cámara String Quartet.
MATINEE: On Thursday, March 3rd @ 1:30 pm, Ms. de La O will also conduct a matinee performance and Meet The Artist talk suitable for groups and individuals of all ages. Limited seating, buy early!
KONRAD ADDERLEY & MONKTANGO - SATURDAY, MARCH 19 @ 8:00 pm
With a four-piece international band and four world-class dancers, Monktango is a sure bet. The formidable musical lineup features Konrad Adderley on bass, Octavio Brunetti on piano, Nick Danielson on violin, and maestro Tito Castro on bandoneon. Together, they offer up a fresh take on the music and indomitable spirit of jazz giant Thelonious Monk. Award-winning Argentine dancers Hernán Brizuela, Diego Blanco, and guests go at it in electrifying choreographic counterpoint.
PAPO VÁZQUEZ PIRATES TROUBADOURS - FRIDAY, MARCH 25 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy-nominee Papo Vázquez and his Pirates Troubadours know how to kick it in high gear and this gig is no exception. Expect a stompin’ delivery of Batacumbele’s classic “Danzón Don Vázquez” and a taste of the maestro’s forthcoming new CD. With PAPO VÁZQUEZ on trombone, Willie Williams on sax, Zaccai Curtis on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, John Davis on drums, Anthony Carrillo and Carlos Maldonado on percussion, and special guests Akua Dixon’s Quartette Indigo. Mr. Vázquez is also one of Pregones Theater’s 2011 Latino Masters awardees.
MATINEE: On Thursday, March 24th @ 1:30 pm, Mr. Vázquez will also conduct a matinee performance and Meet The Artist talk suitable for groups and individuals of all ages. Limited seating, buy early!
LOS PLENEROS DE LA 21 - SUNDAY, MARCH 27 @ 3:00 pm
Led by NEA National Heritage Fellow Juan Gutiérrez, Los Pleneros de La 21 are reigning champions of an enduring Afro Puerto Rican musical tradition. From Sesame Street to Carnegie Hall, they’ve played more venues than you can shake a stick at, propelling the whole world into the 21st Century, rhythm first! Their SERIES wrap-up concert and dance performance for March Is Music is always a raucous and sold-out affair. With special guest PAPO VÁZQUEZ. A Boricua classic!
WHERE: Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue Walton, between 149 & 150 Streets in The Bronx. DIRECTIONS: Trains # 2, 4, 5 to 149th Grand Concourse.
TICKETS: $14.50 ZipTickets for residents of zip codes 10451, 10452, 10454, 10455, 10474, 10029, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10040; seniors and students $20 advance, $28 door; general admission $29 advance, $40 door. Flexible passes and group rates available. Limited seating, BUY EARLY. Online ticket sales at www.pregones.org or by phone at 718-585-1202.
CREDITS: Pregones Theater’s Latino Masters Awards are made possible in part by competitive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces—Presenting program. March Is Music is also made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Half-price Zip Tickets made possible with support from The Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of Pregones Theater.
PREGONES THEATER • 575 Walton Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10451
Pregones Theater is a Bronx-based ensemble whose mission is to create and perform original musical theater and plays rooted in Puerto Rican/Latino cultures, and to present other artists who share our twin commitment to the arts and civic enrichment. With a year-round calendar of events, bilingual programming for all ages, and multiple admission discount offers, Pregones Theater is helping transform the South Bronx into a vibrant arts and cultural district. Awards include Primary Cultural Institution Designation from the New York State Council on the Arts and New York State Governor’s Arts Award.
Phone: 718-585-1202 Web: www.pregones.org