|December 31 - Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Minnesota Cuba Committee (mncubagmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2008 09:40:42 -0800 (PST)|
December 31: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution * Live music from Cubania featuring Gloria "La Niña" Rivera (Vocals) and Viviana Pintado (Piano) * Authentic Cuban mojitos and other refreshments will be available for sale * Cuban food included with admission * Celebration takes place in the 35th floor party room with an outside deck and spectacular view of the city and fireworks Marquette Place Apartments 1314 Marquette, Minneapolis http://www.marquetteplace.com/Area_Directions.htm $25 donation requested (no one turned away for lack of funds) Doors open at 8:00 -------------------------------------------- On December 31, 1958, Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba for Miami, ending the US-backed dictatorship and marking the beginning of a 50-year journey of hope for humanity. This New Year's Eve, millions in Cuba and around the world will be celebrating the occasion. Appearing at the Minneapolis event will be two celebrated Cuban artists: Gloria "La Niña" Rivera, hails from Havana, Cuba, and has performed and appeared on national and international stages with such artists and musical ensembles as Chuchito Valdéz, La Orquesta de Joseito Fernandez, Los Van Van, Orquesta Revé, Son 14, Irakere, and others. Gloria is the daughter of the well-known Cuban tres player and composer of Cuban music, "El Niño" Rivera, composer, arranger and tres player extraordinaire, who literally invented the big-band Afro-Cuban sound. Gloria's mother, Elisa Portal, was a renowned singer as well. In 1980 Nino Rivera won the coveted Cultura Cubana Award, which was presented to him in person by Presidente Fidel Castro (Gloria was there too!). Viviana Pintado is a star pianist and vocalist. Like Rivera she is also from Havana, Viviana has toured internationally with salsa queen Albita. As a member of Albita's group she received three Latin Grammy nominations. After coming to the United States, Viviana first settled in Miami where she was named Critic Choice by The Miami Herald as the city's Best Pianist and Best Vocalist. She relocated to Minneapolis in 2004. Viviana has performed with numerous Latin and Cuban bands throughout the country and in the Twin Cities. Her dynamic yet emotional style lights up during each and every performance through her rich, modern Cuban piano sounds. More information: MNCuba [at] gmail.com 763 228-2899, 612 623-3452
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