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Warszawa | José Torres & Sinfonia Iuventus

The concert José Torres & Havana Dreams Symfonicznie will take place in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio on the 15th of January at 7 p.m.

Cuban musician José Torres is associated with Poland since his studies at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. He is the founder of the first Polish salsa orchestra José Torres y Salsa Tropical and Havana Dreams ensemble comprised of Polish and foreign musicians specialising in Latin-American music. The latter group will perform during the concert which will certainly warm the audience up on a chilly January evening.

Programme features popular pieces by eminent artists from the biggest island in the Caribbean Sea – Cuba. The concept originated from José Torres’s longing for his country of origin. Traditional pieces from the “golden age” of Cuban music remind of its important role on the island including a social one.

The audience will hear love songs by such composers as Beny More, Gonzalo Roig, Adolfo Utrera, Nilo Menendez, Mayito Rivera, Marcelino Guerra or Moises Simons. The programme will also include elements of African-American folklore characteristic for Cuban culture. As a final piece of the concert the band will perform a composition that has become a true emblem of Cuban music receiving the status of a worldwide hit: Guanatanamera by Joseito Fernandez.

Sinfonia Iuventus will be accompanied by José Torres and conducted by Bolivian-born Ruben Silva closely connected with Poland as well.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.