Thursday, February 14, 2013, 8:00 – 10:00pm

Cuban Love Songs for Valentine’s Day: Juan-Carlos Formell

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $22/$18 advance.

Global Rhythms, Music

jcf_1972 crop lo rezRomance is in the air—along with some of the most romantic music in the world—at this celebration of Cuba’s contribution to the love of love. Because if Cubans didn’t actually invent romance, they did create its most exquisite forms of expression: the bolero and its jazzy offshoot, el Feeling. And no one expresses that emotion better than Grammy-nominated Cuban guitarist, composer, and vocalist Juan-Carlos Formell, who performs a program called Un bolero que te salve la vida / A Bolero to Save Your Life. Formell has forged a post-modern identity for AfroCuban music that has been hailed as “musical magic realism”; his five albums—including his Grammy-nominated debut, Songs from a Little Blue House—constitute an epic poem of Antillean mytho-history. Presented by Town Hall as part of its Global Rhythms series.

** SOLD OUT ** VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER & CONCERT SPECIAL: For 50 lucky couples, this Global Rhythms concert becomes an entire evening of Valentine’s Day romance—dinner included. From 6-8 p.m. in Town Hall’s North Lobby, we serve a catered traditional Cuban feast prepared by Chef Lee Scott of Seattle’s acclaimed Snout & Co. Advance tickets are $100 per couple, which includes dinner, beverages, and the 8 pm concert. Space is extremely limited, so it’s first-come, first-served, and advance tickets only. For more information and tickets, see click here.

Advance tickets to the concert only are $22/$18 Town Hall members at or 888/377-4510; $25/$23 at the door beginning at 7:30 pm. 

Formell on YouTube

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