Bolero

Slow love songs and protest songs, originally from Santiago de Cuba, or classic Spanish ballroom music

SummerStage 2019

June 1 – August 27, 2019
Summer live music dance theatre festival
NYC PARKS ~ African, Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Creole, Cuban, Dominican, French, Garifuna, Haitian, Indigenous, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Spanish culture and more. FREE

Cuban boleros and trova (protest folk music) follow the line of Pepe Sanchez. They are a New World expression of the medieval troubadours of Catalonia. Ravel’s ‘Boléro’ and Bizet’s bolero in ‘Carmen’ are famous expressions of the Spanish dance tradition.


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Boleros

Gilberto Santa Rosa Puerto Rican Salsa at Bergen PAC

ENGLEWOOD, NJ | Sat, Nov 9, 2019 | Live music Puerto Rican salsa | The “Gentleman of Salsa” is still going strong. ‘Perdoname’

Omara Portuondo sings Cuban boleros at Sony Hall

TIMES SQUARE, NYC | Fri, Apr 26, 2019 | Cuban boleros live music ~ From The Tropicana to Chucho Valdés to Buena Vista Social Club, Omara’s career spans the entire time that Cuban music has been a world music

Malena & Lena Burke share an evening of Cuban boleros at Hostos

CONCOURSE, THE BRONX; Sat Mar 30, 2019; Cuban bolero live music ~ One of the great families of Cuban bolero singers. ‘Contigo Aprendi,’ ‘Me Voy Pa’l Pueblo,’ ‘La Longina’ and ‘Total.’

iLe for Carnegie Hall Citywide at El Museo del Barrio

EL BARRIO EAST HARLEM; Sat, Mar 16, 2019; Puerto Rican boleros trova live music ~ In her solo work, the Calle 13 singer shows the strength and grace of Violeta Parra or Mercedes Sosa

Cuban voices Lena Burke, Malena Burke & Xiomara Laugart at Hostos

MOTT HAVEN, THE BRONX; Fri, Mar 23, 2018; Cuban bolero ~ Lena once starred in a movie as La Lupe. Her mom Malena is the daughter of bolero legend Elena Burke. Xiomara once starred Off-Broadway as Celia Cruz.

The Duchess of Alba at Hispanic Society

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS; Dec 4, 2012; Spanish bolero live music ~ The Hispanic Society of America hosted a performance of Spanish song and dance joined by the Duchess herself who coyly watched without saying a word.