Thursday, February 2, 2012

New York: March is Music at Teatro Pregones

Pregones Theater’s 32nd Season continues with the popular March Is Music series from Wednesday, March 7th, through Sunday, March 31st. This year’s headliners are world-class exponents of contemporary percussion—Line C3, jazz fusionSabrina Lastman, Latin jazzBobby Sanabria, and Afro-Latino musicalityBaile Cangrejero, an original ensemble play by Pregones. Seven concerts and dialogues for all ages! The series kicks off with a FREE event and tickets for all other shows start at $12.00 for residents of twelve 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 or by phone at 718-585-1202.

Detail of events:

Line C3 (FREE CONCERT) - Wednesday, March 7 @ 7:00 pm

Line C3 is a group of accomplished percussionists committed to sharing the best of the genre's repertoire in the most entertaining way possible. The group has toured Japan, been featured soloist with the American Composers Orchestra in Zankel Hall, and were twice quartet-in-residence for The Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar. Since 2003, Line C3 is known for its uncompromising musicianship and sparkling emphasis on fun! Line C3 are Haruka Fujii, Chris Thompson, John Ostrowski, and Sam Solomon. Event presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall's Community Concert Series and The Weill Music Institute, and sponsored by Target.

Sabrina Lastman Quartet - Saturday, March 10 @ 8:00 pm

Led by extraordinary vocalist Sabrina Lastman, The Sabrina Lastman Quartet is an innovative music project that brings together jazz, South American rhythms with African roots like the Uruguayan Candombe, and new music. The project brings together the many influences encountered by Ms. Lastman while living in her home country of Uruguay, in Israel, and in New York. Some of her compositions are inspired by the poetry of renowned South American writers (Washington Benavides, Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna) while some are based on original poems. The stellar quartet lineup includes Grammy-nominee Pablo Aslan (double bass), Steinway artist Emilio Solla (piano/arrangements), David Silliman (drums/percussion), and special guest Alexander Norris (trumpet). This concert is part of the 2012 tour in support of the new album The Candombe Jazz Sessions, out on ZOHO Music.

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band - Saturday, March 17 @ 8:00 pm

5-time Grammy-nominee and Bronx Walk of Fame inductee Bobby Sanabria, brings to the neighborhood of his birth his critically acclaimed 19-piece All-Star Big Band in a special program of jazz, mambo and beyond dedicated to Puerto Rico’s greatest composer, Maestro Rafael Hernández. National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master & Father of Modern Conga Drumming, Candido Camero, is the project's very special guest! This will prove to be a historic evening. “Mr. Sanabria expands the possibilities... with heft and intricacy and clave based dance rhythm into the sophistication of current NY based jazz players. It’s NY up and down, back and forth across the last century, from the street to the mambo palaces to the conserva-tories”.—Ben Ratliff, The New York Times. Additional Free Event: On Friday, March 16th @ 1:30 pm, Mr. Sanabria will also conduct a Meet The Artist open rehearsal suitable for groups and individuals of all ages. Limited seating, call to reserve!

Baile Cangrejero - Friday, March 30 & Saturday, March 31 @ 8:00 pm

Back by popular demand! BAILE CANGREJERO sets the great masters of Afro-Latino poetry to the dynamic rhythms of bomba, plena, and bolero. This vibrant spectacle touches on the history, popular culture, and literary imagination of the Americas including musicalizations of works by Julia de Burgos, Luis Palés Matos, Fortunato Vizcarrondo (Puerto Rico); Nicolás Guillén (Cuba); Nicomedes Santa Cruz (Peru); and Manuel del Cabral (Dominican Republic). Directed by Jorge B. Merced. Musical Direction by Desmar Guevara. Featuring Antonio Vargas, Yaremis Félix, and the musicians of Pregones Theater. Performed in Spanish and English with titles. Additional Free Event: On Thursday, March 29th @ 1:30 pm, the ensemble will conduct a Meet The Artist open rehearsal suitable for groups and individuals of all ages. Limited seating, call to reserve!

Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue Walton, between 149 & 150 Streets in The Bronx. Directions: Trains # 2, 4, 5 to 149th Grand Concourse. Tickets: $12.00 ZipTickets for residents of zip codes 10451, 10452, 10454, 10455, 10474, 10029, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10040; seniors and students $15 advance, $24 door; general admission $24 advance, $35 door. Members $15 advance, $25 door; seniors and students $10 advance, $15 door. Flexible passes and group rates available. Limited seating, BUY EARLY. Online ticket sales at or by phone at 718-585-1202.

March is Music is made possible in part 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. The presentation of Bobby Sanabria Big Band is supported by a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture's NALAC Diverse Arts Spaces Grant Program with funds from The Ford Foundation. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of Pregones Theater.

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, New York State Governor’s Arts Award, and the 2011 NYC Neighborhood Achievement Award, among many others.

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