- Central New York Shows >
- LA SONORA PONCEÑA with YOLANDA RIVERA, 65th Anniversary Concert at Lehman Center, Nov. 2nd
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and GOYA FOODS is proud to present one of the most popular salsa bands ever, LA SONORA PONCEA featuring the piano virtuosity of PAPO LUCCA and long-time leading vocalist of the band YOLANDA RIVERA on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at 8pm. As the orchestra celebrates their 65th Anniversary, they will turn up the heat for a night of old school salsa.Lehman Center for the Performing Arts spectacular 2019-2020 Season celebrates 40 Years of Excellence in the Centers newly renovated, 2,278 spacious seat concert hall, with a redesigned entrance, lobby, and elevator accessible balcony. Lehman Center is one of New Yorks top nonprofit performing arts centers and the Bronxs largest entertainment venue serving over 200,000 audience members each season. Eva Bornstein, who is beginning her fifteenth season as Executive Director of Lehman Center, says, During this milestone year, Lehman Center proudly welcomes audiences and community members to the top entertainment destination in the Bronx, which is now better than ever. The improvements that have been made will help ensure the comfort and convenience of all who attend our world class performances and events. Funding for the 15.4-million-dollar renovation was in part provided by the Office of the Governor, the New York State Legislature, the Bronx Delegation of the New York City Council, and the Office of the Bronx Borough President. Additionally, we will be continuing our Take Your Seat fundraising campaign, which will give you a chance to be a part of Lehmans history by purchasing a tax-deductible seat(s) in your name or a loved one.Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for LA SONORA PONCEA on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at 8pm are VIP*$100, $65, $60, $55, $45, and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am5pm, and beginning at 4pm on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. *VIP Reception: The Havana Caf, Goya Foods and Lehman Center special VIP pre-concert wine & hors doeuvres reception will start at 6:30pm. VIP tickets include the reception and the best seats in the house. Sponsored by Havana Caf Restaurant and Goya Foods. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.LA SONORA PONCEA was formed in Puerto Rico in 1954 by Enrique Quique Lucca, who named the band after the famous Cuban band Sonora Matancera and his home city of Ponce, thus Sonora Poncea. Don Quique created a distinct salsa sound using a full percussion section, with only trumpets in his horn section that in turn harmonized with the piano and voices. By 1956 the group included pianist Vicentico Morales, with Quiques ten-year-old son, Enrique PAPO LUCCA Jr., already at the piano writing arrangements. Papo recorded his first piano solo, Smoke Mambo, in 1958 at age twelve. By 1960, the band had performed in New York, catching the attention of Fania/Inca Records owner Jerry Masucci. The bands early recordings featured various popular vocalists of the time, until Humberto Tito Gomez joined the band in 1967, and Luis Guillermo Luigui Texidor joined the following year. After studies at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Papo was an accomplished pianist and arranger, and in 1968 Don Quique stepped down as musical director. Now under Papos direction, the La Sonora Ponceas sound became a fusion of traditional Cuban and modern Latin styles. In 1969 they released their first Inca LP, with all arrangements by Papo, Hachero Pa Un Palo, whose hit title song established them as salsa pioneers. That album was a hit in New York, as well as their second release, Fuego en el 23 (1969). La Sonora Poncea recorded 29 more albums for Inca, including 8 that featured singer Yolanda Rivera, 1979s album La Ceiba that featured Cuban singer Celia Cruz, and by 1980 were a huge success. For their 1980 release New Heights, they began to make albums in English and to include Latin jazz themes, establishing the international character of the band. As salsa romntica became popular, they adjusted to commercial forces without deserting their trademark sound. In 1993, the band was awarded the Congo de Oro for best international band. La Sonora Poncea has recorded over 35 albums, garnering dozens of platinum and gold releases of unforgettable music with hits such as Fuego en El 23, 30 Anos, Juana Bayona, Moreno Soy, Borinquen and Suena El Piano. During the celebration of the bands 50th Anniversary, the 23rd Da Nacional de la Salsa, celebrated in Carolina, Puerto Rico, was dedicated to Don Quique, Papo Lucca and La Sonora Poncea. Distinguished by their legendary combination of guaracha, salsa, and Latin Jazz, more than a hundred musicians have played in the band over the years. La Sonora Ponceas most recent albums are 2011s A Band and Their Music El Gigante Sureo, and 10 Para Los 100, which was released in 2012 to celebrate Don Quiques 100th birthday!YOLANDA RIVERA was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and her family moved to New York City when she was a child. Her first break was in 1969 as a singer in Willie Rosarios band. She returned to Puerto Rico in 1975, performing with several orchestras including Joe Rodriguezs orchestra La Terrifica, which whom she recorded the album Sabor a Pueblo. Her big break came when she joined La Sonora Poncea in 1977 and subsequently recorded eight albums with the band over the next seven years. The song Borinquen, a musical tribute to Yolandas native Puerto Rico from the 1980 album Unchained Forcede, made her a star. Yolanda Rivera is considered one of the most famous leading singers of La Sonora Poncea with songs like Rumba en el Patio and Madrugador. Her repertoire includes salsa, plena, bolero, guaguanco, son montuno, and guaracha.Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2019-2020 Season is also made possible through the sponsorships by Goya Foods, The New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Department, the New York State Council on the Arts, Con Edison, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Havana Caf, and the Friends of Lehman Center.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Frequently Asked Questions
What shows are coming up next at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
NEW YORK DEBUT! CELIA CRUZ The Musical, Starring LUCRECIA @ Lehman Center, Sat. November 16 (11/16-11/16)
Celebrate the Holidays with King of Salsa WILLIE COLON & Orchestra @ Lehman Center, 12/14 (12/14-12/14)
SWING into 2020 with the Musical AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' @ Lehman Center, Saturday, January 18th (1/18-1/18)
Grammy Winner! ELVIS CRESPO Celebrates 20th Anniversary of SUAVEMENTE @ Lehman Center, 1/25/2020 (1/25-1/25)
HÉCTOR ACOSTA | Enamorado: A Special VALENTINES Concert @ Lehman Center, Saturday February 15th (2/15-2/15)
Where is Lehman Center for the Performing Arts located?
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY.
What shows have played recently at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
JOSE "El Canario" ALBERTO and DON & PETER PERIGNON Debut Concert at Lehman Center, Sat. October 12 (10/12/2019-10/12/2019)
YOLANDITA MONGE Returns to Lehman Center, Saturday, October 5th @ 8pm (10/5/2019-10/5/2019)
Lehman Center Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence with Eddie Palmieri & Michel Camilo in New Concert Hall, Sept. 21 (9/21/2019-9/21/2019)
FRANK REYES | El Principe de la Bachata @ Lehman Center, Sat. June 29th (6/29/2019-6/29/2019)
LOS VAN VAN Celebrating 50th Anniversary with Mario Rivera + Pedro Calvo @ Lehman Center (6/1/2019-6/1/2019)
INVINCIBLE A Glorious Tribute to MICHAEL JACKSON @ Lehman Center, Sat.May 25th (5/25/2019-5/25/2019)
ANDY MONTAÑEZ Celebrating his 55th Anniversary + Special Guests @ Lehman Center, May 11th (5/11/2019-5/11/2019)
SOPHY & FAUSTO REY | The Diva and El Rey Historic Reunion @ Lehman Center, (4/13/2019-4/13/2019)
Ruben Studdard sings Luther (3/30/2019-3/30/2019)
The World Famous Salsa Band, GRUPO NICHE Dazzling Concert @ Lehman Center (3/23/2019-3/23/2019)