Omara Portuondo in concert at the Bardavon: “Último beso”


As part of her farewell tour, the incomparable Cuban singer Omara Portuondo will be performing on
Sunday, April 28, at 7:00pm, at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House (located at 35 Market Street, in Poughkeepsie, New York).

Portuondo’s final worldwide tour comes on the heels of her most recent album, last year’s Omara Siempre, and a series of high-profile performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, at the Kennedy Center and more. [. . .]

One Last Kiss

Summing up seven decades of music making, One Last Kiss is Omara Portuondo’s farewell world tour.  She will be joined by a lineup of piano/bass/drums/percussion consisting of pianist Roberto Fonseca, Andrès Coayo on percussion, Ruly Herrera on drums, and bassist Yandy Martínez.

Roberto Fonseca (44 years old), is a jazz piano virtuoso and the music leader who will guide the band through Afro-Cuban, jazz, and traditional Cuban music.

This farewell tour kicked off in Los Angeles on April 12, and ends in Setè (France) on August 1. In the US, she will sing at Wolf Trap (Virginia), in Manhattan, Poughkeepsie, Chicago, Milwaukee, and in St. Paul. Portuondo will then continue to the Netherlands, South Korea, Poland, Canada and Austria, London and France –Nice, Marseille, Lyon– closing in Setè, at the magical Théâtre de la Mer.

Omara’s career

In her teens, Portuondo took part in late-’40s jazz jams in Havana and, by the 1950s, she was touring the US with Orlando de la Rosa’s band. Later on, Portuondo formed a quartet -Las D’Aida– with her older sister Haydee, sultry voiced Elena Burke and Moraima Secada (aunt to singer Jon Secada).  The group toured internationally and starred at Havana’s Tropicana nightclub.

As a soloist, Omara brought the filin style to the traditional bolero.  It has been noted that, while “musically speaking her accent is distinctly Cuban, Portuondo has always been more Ella Fitzgerald than Celia Cruz.” Over time, Omara has carefully updated her repertoire to incorporate socially attuned folk songs and classic ballads.  In ‘70s and ‘80s, she enjoyed much success at home and abroad, with tours, albums, film roles, and her own television performances.

With the Buena Vista Social Club and beyond

In her late sixties, Omara  appeared at Carnegie Hall (1998) as the featured female singer of the Buena Vista Social Club, the ensemble of Cuban musicians organized by music producer Nick Gold, guitarist Ry Cooder and bandleader Juan de Marcos González. The Carnegie Hall engagement followed the extraordinary success of the Buena Vista Social Club album (1996), and Wim Wender’s award winning documentary (1999) memorialized it.

Since then, Omara has continued to regularly perform, record, and tour around the world as a soloist and with other Cuban and international musicians. At 88, she remains the only original Buena Vista Social Club vocalist still performing.  Her singular musical skills and her charisma are undiminished.

[Tickets cost $44, $59 and $156 (VIP Meet and Greet). Bardavon members get a $5 discount and preferred seating.]

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