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Two concerts in Havana during the Casa Awards
For that reason on Sunday the 20th of January at 7:00 pm at the Paula Church, González Núñez and the Solistas de La Habana Orchestra, under the direction of Iván Valiente, will offer the concert "La flauta y el barroco", a program recently played during the season "Septiembre barroco", organized by the Office of the Historian of the City. Some of the themes that will be played that night will be Sonata for flute in La minor, of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (Germany, 1714 - 1788), Methodical Sonata of Georg Philipp Telemann (Germany, 1681 - 1767) and the concerts for flute and orchestra "La Tempesta di mare", "Il Gardelino" and "La notte", of Antonio Vivaldi (Italy 1678 - 1767).

Niurka González Núñez (Havana 1977) who plays the flute and the clarinet with the same ability has won several national and international awards, among which there is the First Price of the Higher Music Conservatory of Paris (CNR) in 1997. Nowadays she works as a teacher at the Higher Arts Institute.

Solistas de La Habana, an orchestra founded in 1998 is created with the purpose of rescuing the multiformat cameral tradition and of premiering never before listened pieces in our country or pieces not very known. Directed by the double bass player Iván Valiente, Solistas de La Habana have performed in important stages from the Americas, and Europe. During the celebrations for the 70 anniversary of diplomatic relationships between Cuban and the Vatican State, they offered a concert at the Santa María in Trastevere Church in Rome playing the Cuban Mass to the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, a piece written by José María Vitier.

Miriam Ramos and Rolando Luna in concert.

The singer Miriam Ramos and the young pianist and composer Rolando Luna have decided to eventually perform together. After finishing a national tour they are announcing a unique presentation at the Che Guevara Hall of the Casa de las Américas on Tuesday the 29th of January at 8:30pm which will be one of the two concerts to be held during the 2008 Casa de las Americas Literary Award.

Miriam Ramos, who started her professional life in 1963 at the Cuban National Choir, is recognized as one of the best singers of our country. Miriam has a beautiful tone and a special sensibility that she gives in her interpretations. She has performed at the best Cuban theatres and in Holland, Russia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and France, among many others. Her artistic trajectory includes outstanding interpretations of classic singers from the old Cuban trova as well as feeling. She has also been an active member of the Cuban Nueva Trova, created forty years ago.

Young Rolando Luna is today one of the virtuous pianist in the jazz and popular music world. According to the specialists, "as a pianist he has the talent of the sharp improviser and a refined execution technique to offer us excellent solos, ingenious tumbaos and very present harmonization". The arranger and composer, nowadays also with the Buena Vista Social Club, recently won the main award at the Piano Solo competition as well as the Public Award at the 41 International Jazz Competition in Montreaux, Switzerland.

(Casa de las Américas)

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