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2017-11-13

7:30PM

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United for Mexico: A Benefit Concert for the Victims of Mexico's Recent Earthquakes

Featuring: DUO OF HOPE - CELLO & PIANO
MAURICIO MORALES GROUP - SAXOPHONE, PIANO, BASS & DRUMS
LA CATRINA - MARIACHI BAND
SAMUEL BATISTA QUARTET - SAXOPHONE, PIANO, BASS & DRUMS
ORLANDO RETANA (FEAT. NICOLE ZIGNAGO)
MIKE SOTO
CARLOS SAENZ
DAVID RIVERA

During the months of September and October, Mexico was hit with three major earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks that caused billions of dollars in damages, hundreds of deaths, and thousands of injured and homeless people. In an effort to help the victims of these tragic events, musicians from all around the world will present this Benefit Concert with the purpose of bringing people together.

The concert will feature a variety of styles, including traditional Mexican music, Pop, Jazz and Classical.

DUO OF HOPE
A classical duo formed in 2011 by Peruvian cellist Taide Prieto and Mexican pianist Francisco Fernandez. The duo has performed extensively in festivals and concert halls across the USA, Europe, and Latin America, establishing itself as an important chamber music ensemble in the classical music world.

MAURICIO MORALES GROUP
A contemporary jazz band led by Mexican bassist Mauricio Morales, along with Spanish piano player Iñigo Ruiz de Gordejuela, Puerto Rican tenor sax player Edmar Colón, and Mexican drummer Juan Ale Saenz. The group explores original music that is inspired by each member's roots and jazz tradition.

LA CATRINA
Boston based mariachi band formed by Berklee students. The band is composed not only by Mexican students, but also by musicians from all around the world, which brings a new color to traditional Mexican music without losing its roots. Throughout their career, La Catrina has performed at Fenway Park, the BPC, and several other venues and events around New England.

SAMUEL BATISTA QUARTET
Batista is the bandleader of a quartet that includes Papuna Sharikadze (piano), James Dale (bass), and Eviatar Slivnik (drums). He has played with and learned from musicians such as John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Street, Oscar Stagnaro, and many others.

ORLANDO RETANA
Costa Rican drummer and singer will perform a set of original music along with some arrangements. Retana has performed with artists such as Jetro da Silva, Oscar Stagnaro, Susana Baca, Alejandro Sanz, Toto La Monposina, Al Kooper, Benny Hinn, Paquito D'Rivera, George Garzone and others.

MIKE SOTO
Miguel "Mike" Soto is a Mexican musician, who has been the winner of the 2016 Young Arts award in the category of Singer/Songwriter. Mike will premier an original song he has dedicated to Mexico in this time of need.

CARLOS SAENZ
Mexican singer-songwriter who has performed extensively throughout Mexico with his band Antalich, with whom he recorded their first album. After moving to Boston, Carlos has been arranging for orchestras and big bands, and adding those skills into his songwriting.

DAVID RIVERA
Colombian tenor who enjoyes international recognition as a versatile and powerful opera singer. Among his credits and awards are Paco in La vida Breve (NEC); Le Marie in Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Les noces, Voices of Light (Colombia). First Prize, Alliance Française's Youth Musical Talents Contest 2013; Finalist, Vocal Price Competition 2016; Cincinnati's Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition.

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