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PREGONESS/PRTT ANNOUNCES 2024 MARCH IS MUSIC SERIES

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New York – February 12, 2024 – Pregones/PRTT proudly announces its 2024 March Is Music series featuring nine live concerts by world-class Latin, jazz, fusion, and classical artists. All events are presented at Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, steps off the 2, 4, and 5 trains, in The Bronx, a.k.a. The Borough of Music (“El Condado de la música”). A digital livestream option for all nine concerts is also available for remote viewing. Evening concert tickets are $25 in person / $10 online; matinee concerts for Bronx Piano Sundays subseries are FREE Admission. Tickets are on sale now at www.pregonesprtt.org or by calling 718-585-1202.
MIM 2024 LINEUP: Radio Pirata, Richarlita You, People of Earth, Sylvia Jiang, Alex Apolo Ayala’s Big Band, Yiying Niu, Pete Rodríguez Jr., Olga Vinokur and Groove Collective.
SERIES CALENDAR and EVENT DETAILS:
Saturday, March 2, 7 PM – RADIO PIRATA (Rock Pop Latino)
A historic musical reunion directly from Puerto Rico! Precursors of the new wave of Latin Rock in the Caribbean, the esteemed Radio Pirata emerged in 1990, founded by composer Rucco Gandía, who also serves as bassist and lead singer of the group, features Rafael Carrasquillo on keyboards, Roberto Torres on guitar, and Nitayno Arayoán González on drums. The band won Best Local Record and Best Rock Band awards and first climbed the music charts with their smash hit “El Loco.” They conquered audiences in Central and South America, establishing themselves as a force to reckon with!
Sunday, March 3, 3 PM – RICHARLITA YOU (Classical | Bronx Piano Sundays) 
Taiwanese pianist Xin-Hua Richarlita You is a young soloist, chamber musician, and music educator who has already received remarkable acclaim. Richarlita has performed in the prestigious National Concert Hall in Taipei, Jordan Hall in Boston, Hertz Hall in Berkeley, and Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York City as a soloist. As a chamber musician, she has appeared in important series such as ChamberFest, NEC Complete Ravel Works, and Chamber Music Collectives. She will perform acclaimed works by Scriabin, Brahms, and Bach.
Saturday, March 9, 7 PM – PEOPLE OF EARTH (Latin Fusion)
Join People of Earth (PoE), NYC’s most exciting up-and-coming band, on a musical journey that blends Cuban timba and rumba, American hip hop and soul, Puerto Rican plena, Brazilian MPB, and much more! Be prepared to dance and sing along to PoE’s infectious rhythms. A global music collective quickly emerging as one of the United States’ most exciting Latin and tropical bands—a 13-piece supergroup boasting some of the best musicians anywhere today!
Sunday, March 10, 3PM – SYLVIA JIANG (Classical | Bronx Piano Sundays)
Heralding from New Zealand, Sylvia was inducted as a member of the Astral Artists roster after being named winner in their 2023 Competition! A graduate of Julliard School, critics hailed her as a “gifted young pianist of genuine substance” and “New Zealand’s most notable young emerging pianist.” Sylvia’s performances have been featured on BBC News, TV3, ABC Australia, and more. She has won numerous top prizes at national and international competitions, including the Hastings International and Wallace National Piano Competitions. Her program includes beloved works by Chopin, Granados, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Young, and Farr.
Saturday, March 16, 7 PM – ALEX “APOLO” AYALA’S BIG BAND (Afro Puerto Rican Jazz)
Coming from the success of his bomba-jazz fusion album, The Bámbula Project, gifted bassist, composer, and arranger Alex “Apolo” Ayala furthers his musical explorations with his new Afro Puerto Rican Big Band concept: 25 seasoned musicians versed in both traditional Puerto Rican music and contemporary Latin jazz idioms. Together, they deliver a mighty musical extravaganza of strings, horns, percussion, and keys, paying loving tribute to the giants who paved the way and installing a soulful, artistic statement all their own!

Sunday, March 17, 3 PM – YIYING NIU (Classical | Bronx Piano Sundays)

Pianist Yiying Niu was born in Anyang, China, and studied at Juilliard under the tutelage of Julian Martin. She has performed extensively in China, the US, and Europe. She won the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition and the Best Performance on Commissioned Work prize at the 9th New York International Piano Competition. She received the Helen Cohn Award for Outstanding Work in Chamber Music. She performs timeless and technically rigorous works by Schubert, Debussy, and Liszt for her MIM concert.

Saturday, March 23, 7 PM – PETE RODRÍGUEZ Jr. (Latin Jazz)

A trumpet player, vocalist, and percussionist, Pete Rodríguez Jr. carries the bloodline of Nuyorican salsa royalty as he takes the tradition of Afro-Cuban jazz to new and adventurous places. Son of renowned salsero Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez and godson of Fania Records bandleader Johnny Pacheco, the younger Rodríguez cut his teeth playing with some of the greatest names in Latin music. Now, he takes his brand of Afro-Cuban jazz in exciting new directions. With five acclaimed albums to his credit, Downbeat magazine hails him and his artistry as “instrumentally ferocious,” “texturally rich,” and “profoundly intimate.”
Sunday, March 24, 3 PM – OLGA VINOKUR (Classical | Bronx Piano Sundays)
The New York Times describes her playing as “an exquisite performance,” and BBC magazine calls her “superlative.” Olga Vinokur has appeared in the US and internationally as a recitalist with orchestra and chamber musicians in significant venues, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall in New York, Rudolfinum’s Dvorak Hall and Municipal House’s Smetana Hall in Prague, and more. She has been a featured artist in the London Chamber Music Society, EuroArts Festival in Prague, Woodstock Mozart Festival in the USA, and Havana Piano Festival in Cuba, among others. Her program features works by Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Verdi/Liszt, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Saturday, March 30, 7 PM – GROOVE COLLECTIVE (Jazz-Funk)
NYC’s GRAMMY-nominated Groove Collective transcends musical categories with one goal: to move listeners’ minds and feet. For over 20 years, this legendary group of musicians has improvised and refined the stylistic cross-pollination of funk, jazz, house, Latin, hip-hop, rock, and every party-inducing sound. The pioneering members of Groove Collective are fluent in the international language of “groove.” In-the-pocket drum and bass, colorful and vibrant horns, flavors of world percussion, and intricate harmony all fuse seamlessly under their watch. Groove Collective’s innovative and refined sound is unparalleled. They are the masters of multi-hued funk. Billboard Magazine says they “erase musical borders” and are “jazz/funk fusion at its most sublime.” 
DATES: March 2-30, 2023 (Sundays 3pm, Saturdays 7pm)
LOCATION: Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY, 10451
TICKETS: $25 for In-Person Concerts – $10 for Digital Livestreams.
Bronx Piano Sundays are FREE.
All concerts in the series require a ticket or digital token.
Online at PregonesPRTT.org or by phone at 718-585-1202

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