Matamoroson Festival Closed with Aragón's Orchestra Concert
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- Arts and Culture
- culture an traditions
- Santiago de Cuba
- 04 / 13 / 2009
The legendary and vintage Aragón orchestra, one of Cuba’s musical icons, closed the MatamoroSon 2009 International Festival, after five days of music for dancing, exchanges and theoretical meetings in the city of Santiago de Cuba.
The closing gala was held in Heredia Theatre and was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Aragón, founded in Cienfuegos Province in 1939 and led by double-bass player Orestes Aragón, who contributed with his appearances in almost the entire Island until permanently settling in Havana.
Invited stars of Charanga de Palma Soriano, dancers, soloists and other musicians accompanied Aragón, the main disseminator of the Cha Cha Cha dancing genre and recognized in numerous countries.
In the son festival’s closing show that brought together about 50 musical groups, the veteran group received tributes from the people and from government authorities for contributing for years to the preservation of national culture and identity.
Los Rítmicos de Palma, Yumurí y sus Hermanos, Cándido Fabré y su Banda,
Adalberto Álvarez y su Son, Pupi y los que Son Son, and Pancho Amat y su grupo, among other groups, offered repertories to the people of Santiago de Cuba that confirmed the richness of the Son and its most authentic expressions.
The Festival recalled composer and guitarist Miguel Matamoros on the 115th anniversary of his birth, and dedicated itself to the 45 years of the creation of the Empresa de Grabaciones y Ediciones Musicales (EGREM), the first musical studios and the only ones in Cuba until some 20 years ago.
It also turned into a space for celebrating the 35 years of artistic life of maestro Adalberto Álvarez, president of MatamoroSon and the most representative contemporary musician of this son genre in Cuba.