Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra
Sunday, September 20, 2009; 3 p.m.
Co-presented with MCLA's African, Latino, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) Student Clubs and Organizations
Feel the Latin Heat! Join MCLA and The Latin American Society as we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month and the MCLA Presents! 2009 - 2010 season with Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra. With their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as salsa, merengue, cha-cha, bomba, plena and latin jazz, they are a dancer's delight and a listener's indulgence captivating audiences of all ages and cultures.
"... the perfect balance between rhythm and melody, adding some adventure, just slightly dissonant but always a delicious experimentation to the mix just to keep things interesting." - Times Union
Having formed October in 1980 in Amsterdam, NY, Alex Torres & his Latin Orchestra is an 11 piece orchestra led by the Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres. They have been presented at hundreds of festivals, performing arts centers and events annually.
The Orchestra has been the recipient of numerous awards including the New England Cultural Arts Preservation Award, the New York State Music Achievement Award, and Metroland Magazine´s "Best Of Award" for seven consecutive years. Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra have performed for President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton. They have shared the stage and billings with such major acts as Tito Puente, Branford Marsalis, The Count Basie and Woody Herman Orchestras. The group is also registered with the Arts-In-Education Program of New York State. This program brings the Orchestra into schools to showcase their music and explain the instruments and rhythms associated with their music.