The panel, entitled The Legacy of Rafael Hernández in New York City, will focus on Hernández, known for such masterpieces as Lamento borincano and Preciosa, was considered to be one of the most important Puerto Rican musicians to emerge in the 20th century. He composed Christmas music, danzas, zarzuelas, guarachas and other styles of music. His many works include Ahora seremos felices, El cumbachero, Perfume de gardenias and Campanitas de cristal.
The panel discussion, which is open to the public, will be from 6-8 pm at the Glass Café on the third floor of the West Building, Hunter College, 68th Street Campus.
City Lore folklorist Elena Martínez will moderate the panel, which will be made up of a prestigious group of musicians: Alejandro “Chalí” Hernández Pérez, the youngest son of Rafael Hernández and director of la Sala Museo Rafael Hernández and of extracurricular activities at Recinto Metropolitano de la Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico; Carmen D. Lucca, performance poet-singer who is president of the Association for Puerto Rican-Hispanic Culture, Inc. and artistic director of the annual Rafael Hernández’ Music Festival in New York City; Eva de la O, an artist who is founder and director of the Musica de Camara chamber music concert series in New York; Luis J. Santiago Sierra, the incoming commander of the 319th Army Band of the U.S. Army Reserves in Queens and assistant director of admissions for Latin America at Berklee College of Music in Boston; and Thelma Ithier Sterling, award-winning soprano and a faculty member in the Humanities Department of Hostos Community College in the Bronx.
Centro is co-sponsoring this event with the Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. (SEA) and City Lore in conjunction with the Borimix Festival 2013.
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