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Cuban Musician Jose Maria Vitier Gives Exceptional Concert in France

Cuban musician Jose Maria Vitier and his band gave an exceptional concert in the French city of Enghien-les-Bains, where he showed his virtuosity, masterful performances and emotions.


3 de abril de 2017 - Taken from Prensa Latina

Cuban musician Jose Maria Vitier and his band gave an exceptional concert in the French city of Enghien-les-Bains, where he showed his virtuosity, masterful performances and emotions.

Directed by Silvia Rodriguez Rivero, the show starred in by Vitier conquered a very large audience that repeatedly gave standing ovations, as an unmistakable sign of deep respect and admiration.

The multi-awarded Cuban composer and performer was accompanied by the brilliant performances of soprano Barbara Llanes and percussionists Abel Acosta and Otto Santana.

During the concert, which ended the Cuban Culture Week in France, Vitier played some of his most emblematic works, such as ‘Preludio de Sofía', which is part of the soundtrack of the film 'El siglo de las luces' (The Century of Lights), based on the novel by Alejo Carpentier.

As the artist emphasized, interpreting the theme here implies a special significance, because the film's argument is closely related to an event that forever marked the history of this European nation: the French Revolution.

Of the music he composed for films, he also played a piece of the soundtrack of 'Fresa y Chocolate' (Strawberry and Chocolate), one of the most transcendent Cuban motion pictures, which is considered a masterpiece of Latin American cinematography.

Songs such as ‘Quirino con su tres', an exponent of the typical Cuban picaresque, and ‘Tus ojos claros', an emotional song dedicated to the love of all life, were also played during the concert.

A special moment came with the piece ‘Ritual', whose expressive force was certainly complemented by a digital animated video by Adrian Vitier, a material that recreated with peculiarity the works by Silvia Rodriguez Rivero.

To close the concert, Vitier played ‘Ave Maria', a work that, according to the author, shows the different ways in which Cubans are capable of expressing their faith. Before starting the song, Vitier dedicated the song especially to Cuca Rivero, who died a few days ago in Havana and who is remembered as 'the invisible teacher', thanks to hes radio lessons broadcast for decades for all Cuban children.

The so-called ‘Oracion por Cuba', with its syncretic melody that mainly unites the Spanish and African traditions, provided moments of high drama and emotion for a precise end of a memorable show.


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