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BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB
OMARA PORTUONDO WITH SPECIAL GUEST BARBARITO TORRES
OCTOBER 10, 2000,
$32 ($26 WALKER MEMBERS)
NORTHROP AUDITORIUM, U OF M EAST BANK CAMPUS, MINNEAPOLIS
In the wake of the emotional, sold-out Ruben
Gonzalez/Ibrahim Ferrer concert of November 1999 come the newest stars
of the global Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon. Omara Portuondo has
been thrilling audiences in Havana with the passionate honesty of her
voice for more than half a century, but it was the 1997 Grammy-winning
recording (on which she was the only woman) that earned her wider international
recognition. Twin Cities audiences responded rapturously to her irresistible
stage presence and vocal prowess when she performed at last fall's concert
and at the 1998 Afro-Cuban All Stars event at First Avenue (both copresented
by the Walker and Northrop). This year, she fronts her own 12-piece big
band of master Cuban musicians. Opening will be Barbarito Torres, one
of Cuba's greatest laud (12-string lute) players, who captures the essence
of Cuban country "blues" with musical expression that's a gutsy, heartfelt
outcry of his origins. " (Torres) played with tremendous swing and intensity,
and the audience rose in a standing ovation. It's country music, but it
rocks . . . when he danced and played the laud, he seemed like a Cuban
version of Chuck Berry" (The New York Times). Copresented
with Northrop Auditorium. For more information, check out the Web
site. Lower-tier-priced tickets are available through the Northrop box office at 612.624.2345.
IN THE WALKER ART CENTER SHOPS
Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo. The latest CD release in the global Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon. $18.47 ($16.62 Walker members).
THIS PERFORMANCE IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY GENEROUS SUPPORT
FROM THE DORIS DUKE FUND FOR JAZZ AND DANCE.