(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Matanzas.- One of Cuba´s oldest orchestras, La Lira
Matancera, will be paid tribute for its 80th anniversary on May 12, at the Sauto
Theater, in the western Cuban city of Matanzas. Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and
the Fantasia String Quintet, directed by maestro Alberto Garcia, will share the
stage with the group and play old and contemporary classics of its repertoire.
Other invited celebrities include, Eduardo Rosillo, professor of Cuban radio
announcers, linked to the work of the orchestra for years. The Lira Matancera orchestra has retained during its 80 years the hallmark that makes it a genuine expression of Cuban culture and its members keep their predecessors’ spirit of creativity, improvisation and enthusiasm alive. The orchestra is currently directed by Carmelo Marrero Alpizar and performs for tourists at the Varadero beach resort and at concerts and balls in theaters and institutions throughout Cuba.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.