Gonzalo Grau Performs Tribute to Ismael Rivera: An Afro-Caribbean Icon

Friday, October 20, 2017
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)
Hogan Ballroom
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Molly Archambault
Arts Transcending Borders

At the height of his career in the 1970s, Puerto Rican singer Ismael Rivera shared the stage with salsa greats such as Benny Moré, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, and revolutionized tropical music with his unique singing style and improvisational skills. Today, he is lionized in various Afro-Caribbean communities as a bastion of cultural nationalism and Pan-Africanism. Composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Gonzalo Grau breathes new life into Ismael Rivera hits in new arrangements for a stellar ensemble, including Worcester’s own Manolo Mairena. 

In conjunction with the conference “Rethinking the Afropolitan: The Ethics of Black Atlantic Masculinities on Display,” Oct. 19-21.

Free; reservations required. RSVP here.

Arts Transcending Borders is supported in part by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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