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Cuba’s Finest, National Symphony of Cuba at Lehman Center


Cuban director Enrique Pérez Mesa, maestro of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and the Chamber Orchestra “Nuestro Tiempo, is taking advantage of a brief stay at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the borough of the Bronx, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, where he will conduct his National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba on Sunday, March 18th in the afternoon at 4:00 pm giving the Bronx an afternoon of culture they wont soon forget.

Direct from Cuba the 75-member orchestra returns by popular demand.  Aficionados of the orchestra were overwhelmed when the Orchestra took the United States by storm via their stunning performance debut during their 2012 tour. The orchestra under the guidance of Musical Director Enrique Pérez-Mesa will feature a Latin-flavored classical program that includes Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Roldan’s Three Little Poems, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, De Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Formed in 1960, The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, was then known as the Havana Symphony. It has gone on to develop and introduce exceptional Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community via its vast symphonic and chamber repertoire.  A repertoire which ranges from baroque to contemporary music. The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has conducted international tours delighting audiences in countries such as Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru and Argentina.

Pérez Mesa is a graduate of the National School of Arts specializing in the violin.  He studied orchestral conducting at the Higher Institute of Art of Cuba. In addition he holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of the Arts of Havana. He was musical director of the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with prestigious artists such as the guitar quartet Los Romeros, Víctor Pellegrini, Ney Rosauro, and Frank Fernández. He has participated in important festivals such as the Guitar International of Havana, Morelia, the Autumn Festival “Eduardo Mata”, Symphony Orchestra,  The famed Perez-Mesa has led performances in prestigious concert halls all over the world. He has collaborated with well-known soloists including Alexandra Ferri, Francesco Manara, José Manuel Carreño, Frank Fernández, Roger Woodward, Konstantin Cherbakov, Alexander Braginski, Joaquín Clerch, The Romeros Quartet, Jorge Luis Prats and Víctor Rodríguez

His recordings include a Grammy Award Nomination for Salmo de Las Americas, in the category of Classical music; his DVD recording with Cuban pianist, Frank Fernandez, was nominated for the Cubadisco 2007.

Tickets for the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba range from $45, $40, and $25, with a special $10 ticket price for children 12 & under. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 or via going online at

Lehman Center is accessible by the #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd., and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking is available for $5.

About the Author

Journalist and radio host, Deardra Shuler, has a background in publishing, theatre, concert promotion, producing and was the former PR chairman of FESPACO, an African film festival in Burkino Faso. She reviews books, plays, theater and movies. Her short story was published by Penquin Books in Aurielle Ford's book "Mystical Souvenirs." Deardra has her own blog under Writblog and writes for several African American publications in New York. She has a column and radio show in Sweden entitled Music Pastures. Her show Topically Yours is on the Blakeradio Network, Rainbow Soul. She also produces and facilitates other radio programs that she has brought to the BlakeRadio network.

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