Hobart and William Smith Colleges will welcome Orquesta La Moderna Tradición to the Smith Opera House, in conjunction with Geneva Concerts, Inc.
November 12, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Orquesta La Moderna Tradición is one of the only ensembles in the United States dedicated to the performance of classic Cuban dance music: son, guaracha, cha cha cha and danzón. Led by the renowned Cuban dancer and percussionist Roberto Borrell and violinist/composer Tregar Otton, Orquesta La Moderna Tradición will perform classics of Cuban dance music along with original compositions at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. in Geneva. A pre-concert program begins at 7:15 p.m.
A legendary ballroom style that developed from the syncretization of African and European music in Cuba, danzón blends the groove of Afro-Cuban drums with the refined riffs of flute and violins. One of the most popular styles at the turn of the century, danzón led directly to the development of the cha-cha-cha and Argentinean tango.
Raised in Old Havana, Borrell grew up immersed in the Cuban music of the 1950s and 1960s. When he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1990s, he met Tregar Otton, a classically trained musician originally from Texas, who had been playing Cuban music since his early 20s. By late 1996, the two had put together an orchestra of musicians from diverse backgrounds and musical roots: Chus Alonso and Jorge Liceaga are both accomplished flamenco musicians; Kash Killion, Sandy Poindexter, and Don Gardner are well known in jazz circles; Sage Baggott, Bob Karty, and Brian Rice are all classically trained musicians who, like Steve Senft-Herrera, have been an integral part of the Bay Area Cuban/Salsa scene for years; and Michael Spiro is internationally renowned for his knowledge of Afro-Cuban folklore.
In 1997, Orquesta La Moderna Tradición released its first compact disc, the critically acclaimed Danzonemos. In its second CD, Goza Conmigo, they have incorporated more upbeat tempos and original compositions.
The event is sponsored in conjunction with Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva Concerts, Inc. Because of Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ continuing subscription to Geneva Concerts, Inc., students from the Colleges who wish to attend the concert may do so for free with ID; other student tickets are $10 with ID, and adult tickets are $20.