Spice up your Holiday with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Published On December 14, 2015 | By Mackenzie Sugrue | Giveaways

10486160_810808618976456_4116694758856724625_oSpear-headed by their fearless leader, Oscar Hernández, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra travels the world performing their unique blend of authentic, New York-style salsa music with a modern twist. And throughout their globetrotting endeavors, they’ve had one simple goal–to share the love of music.

As a member of a large Puerto Rican family in the Bronx, the Harlem neighborhood had a strong influence on SHO’s pianist and musical director, Hernández. He grew up on a mixture of both Latin jazz music, as well as American pop radio in the 1960s; and at 12 years old, he decided to try music out for himself.

Hernández started out playing trumpet and piano, and by the time he was in his early twenties, he was making a living as a professional musician. In the 1980s, he was producing and arranging compositions, and performing as a pianist for Panamanian musician, activist and politician, Rubén Blades. Meanwhile, Hernández was also working with his own band, “Seis del Solar.”

1782045_697880526935933_1283006063811318699_nA decade later, he received nationwide fame after producing a song called, “Dance City,” which earned high praise from the New York Times and gained major attention from the legendary Simon and Garfunkel. Paul Simon later brought Hernández on as the arranger, producer and musical director for his Broadway show, “The Capeman.”

The beginning of a new century brought about a new endeavor for Hernández; he was approached by producer Aaron Levinson to arrange a group of top-of-the-line musicians for a Latin Jazz Orchestra.

The first recording by the power group, “Un Gran Dia en el Barrio,” debuted in 2002, and they took home the title of Salsa Album of the Year at the Latin Billboard Awards.

1384310_817172451673406_1626367544175855912_nFollowing that success, SHO was quick to release their follow-up, “Across 110th Street,” an ode to Harlem’s most southern boundary. The album featured the vocal stylings of old friend, Rubén Blades, and received an even greater response than their debut, bringing together fans from around the globe.

After multiple album releases and two Grammy awards throughout the 2000s, SHO has graced stages, venues and concert halls with their presence in various countries and prestigious locations.

Now, the group is bringing their tradition and Spanish flavor to the ‘Burgh, playing favorites from their four studio albums, including their self-titled album released in 2010.

Don’t miss their performance on Friday, December 18 at the August Wilson Center Downtown. Tickets are available online for purchase.

Additionally, we’ve got two sets of two tickets up for grabs! You can try your luck at our giveaway for a chance to win them below:

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