Havanesque: The Alonso Brothers
Welcome to Havanesque, an immersive experience, placing the audience in the center of the greatest time in the history of Cuban music. A colorful take by Cuban pianists, The Alonso Brothers, on the classics of the 1930s through the 1960s; featuring original arrangements in a variety of styles — from the seductive melodies of the bolero, son and danzón, to the exotic rhythms of the mambo, cha-cha, and conga. With fresh and surprising renditions of familiar favorites like Bernstein’s “Mambo” from West Side Story and “Oye Cómo Va” by the legendary Tito Puente. Havanesque celebrates Cuba’s diverse culture and rich history.
The Alonso Brothers Dazzling audiences with their artistic exuberance and expression, virtuoso pianists Orlando Alonso and Orlay Alonso have been playing since they were children growing up in Cuba. Both attended the National School of the Arts in Havana and earned degrees from Yale University, Ohio State, Mannes and Manhattan School of Music. After successful solo ventures, the brothers have teamed up to pay homage to their beloved homeland. As a duo, The Alonso Brothers bring their own signature styles to the stage and complement one another in their approach to performing and recording.
“We have tremendous respect for each other’s unique musical interpretations. Working together allows us to play the music we love, to connect with our heritage, and to build a future together as pianists and brothers” says Orlay.
Applauded for their emotive gifts, elegance, and polish, The Alonso Brothers shine with a charisma and stage presence that is truly timeless.
Venue: Merkin Hall
129 West 67th Street
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