Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club to Perform at QPAC During ADIOS TOUR

The countdown is on with just over two weeks until Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club take to the stage at Queensland Performing Art Centre's (QPAC's) Concert Hall on Monday 9 March, during their world 'ADIOS TOUR'.

The Grammy-winning ensemble will bid farewell after almost two decades of thrilling audiences around the world with their traditional yet fresh Cuban rhythms and uplifting instrumentals.

The group - which has been touring the globe in different forms, guises and combinations since 1997 - will take to the road and return to Australia one last time in 2015 for a series of concerts that will celebrate the Orquesta's storied journey as ambassadors for Cuban music.

"We wanted our traditional music to live on and to enchant the world, and this is what our tours achieved. It has been an incredible part of my career and life," said Omara Portuondo.

The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club grew out of the 1997 release of the Grammy-winning best-selling album Buena Vista Social Club, and its line-up continues to include a number of the original artists featured on the landmark recording and film.

Under the musical direction of band leader and trombonist Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos, the line-up for the 'ADIOS TOUR' features many of those who played on the original Buena Vista Social Club album and film all those years ago, including the incomparable veteran diva Omara Portuondo, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, and laud virtuoso Barbarito Torres.

The Cuban legends will be accompanied by those who have joined the journey along the way, including dynamic veteran tres player Papi Oviedo; Havana's young star pianist Rolando Luna; a superb rhythm section comprising double bass player Pedro Pablo and percussionists Andres Coayo (congas), Filiberto Sánchez (timbales) and Alberto 'La Noche' (bongos); and a three-man trumpet section led by high note specialist Luis Allemany plus Havana's celebrated son singer Carlos Calunga and singer Idania Valdéz.

From son and guajira to danzon and bolero, cha-cha-cha and rumba, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club 'ADIOS TOUR' will showcase the classic styles and rhythms of Cuban music in a new stage presentation that will feature fresh songs and familiar numbers in new versions.

The show will reflect the Buena Vista experience past and present with tributes to many of the late, great musicians who contributed so richly to the story.

Don't miss your last chance to celebrate this final chapter of the rich Buena Vista story. To book go to www.qpac.com.au or phone 136-246.

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