Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra – Presents: Latin Fire

A passionate and energetic celebration of Hispanic orchestral music, Latin Fire features virtuosic fireworks from your BPO, sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s night! Curated and conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez, Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony, this sizzling program includes Tico-Tico no Fubá, Bésame Mucho, Granada, Carmen Suite, Libertango, Brasil, y mucho más!

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023 Time: 7:30 pm

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Kleinhans Music Hall

3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States


Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
José Sibaja, trumpet
Mónica Abrego, soprano

HERNÁNDEZ MARÍN/arr. Albert Gonzales  El Cumbanchero
DE ABREU/arr. José Sibaja  Tico-tico no Fubá
TRADITIONAL/arr. Enrico Lopez-Yañez  La Llorona
PIAZZOLLA/arr. José Sibaja  Libertango
VELÁZQUEZ/arr. José Sibaja  Bésame Mucho
BARROSO/arr. Enrico Lopez-Yañez  Aquarela do Brasil


HERNÁNDEZ MARÍN/arr. Enriquillo Cerón  Cachita
LARA/arr. Enrico Lopez-Yañez  Granada
GARRIDO/arr. Enrico Lopez-Yañez  Pelea de Gallos
GREVER/arr. E. Magallanes  Júrame
ANDRÉS SOTO  En el Barco Viene Una Rosa from Cocorí
PONCE/arr. Jeff Nevin  Estrellita
BIZET/arr. Enrico Lopez-Yañez  Carmen Suit

About Enrico Lopez-Yañez

Enrico Lopez-Yañez is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony, where he leads the symphony’s Pops and Family series. Lopez-Yañez is quickly establishing himself as one of the nation’s leading conductors of popular music and becoming known for his unique style of audience engagement. Since working with the Nashville Symphony, Lopez-Yañez has conducted concerts with a broad spectrum of artists including Nas, Patti LaBelle, Itzhak Perlman, Stewart Copeland, Kenny Loggins, Trisha Yearwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Leslie Odom Jr., Kenny G and more.

This season, Lopez-Yañez will collaborate with Aida Cuevas, The Beach Boys, Cody Fry, Gladys Knight, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Williams, Ledisi and Pink Martini. Lopez-Yañez will also appear with many major orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony, and make return appearances with numerous others including the Dallas, Detroit, and San Diego Symphonies.

As Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Symphonica Productions, LLC, Lopez-Yañez curates and leads programs designed to cultivate new audiences. An enthusiastic proponent of innovating the concert experience, his exciting education, classical, and pops concerts are performed by orchestras across the United States.

As a producer, composer, and arranger, Lopez-Yañez’s work can be heard on numerous albums including the UNESCO benefit album, Action Moves People United, and children’s music albums including The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard, winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and Family Choice Awards, and Kokowanda Bay, Global Media Award and Parents’ Choice Award-winner.

About Mónica Abrego

Ms. Abrego is considered one of México’s most outstanding and versatile sopranos. She has performed in stages around the world with a diverse repertoire including opera, solo works, and popular folk music. Her orchestral collaborations include the Seattle Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Aguascalientes Symphony, and countless others.

She has performed leading operatic roles including Norina in Don Pasquale, Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La Traviata, Manon in Manon, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, María in María de Buenos Aires, and many more. Ms. Abrego has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Merking Hall, at the World Music Panama Festival, The Festival Culturel International de Musique Symphonique in Algeria, and The Gran Teatro Nacional of Perú.

Ms. Abrego is the founder and Executive Director of the Baja Musical Arts Initiative, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of children and young adults in NYC and Mexico through musical education and performances. She develops the program Sharing Notes – an academic exchange program between Mexico and the US, for musicians with a passion for teaching and interest in community work – offering master classes, lectures, and concerts to the students in Mexico to inspire them in their musical growth, using music as an instrument to promote values such as discipline and solidarity, but also to be part of a social project where music, culture, language, and inspiration is promoted.

Ms. Abrego’s recordings include “Alma Mía” and “Canción Mexicana” by Vientos del Sur Productions. Her debut recording includes Bossa Nova, Mexican traditional song, opera, musical theater, and tango.

About José Sibaj

José Sibaja is one of the most highly acclaimed Costa Rican trumpet players of his generation, with worldwide audiences and broadcast media in the Classical, Latin, Jazz, and Pop genres. His career ranges from international appearances as an orchestral soloist with the Nashville Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica; to worldwide tours with Ricky Martin for the Vuelve and Livin’ la Vida Loca tours. Currently, José plays lead trumpet with the Boston Brass.

Proclaimed internationally as “a major young talent, the next Wynton Marsalis”, José played his solo debut at age 17 with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, with only five years of trumpet and musical training. Receiving his music education at the New World School of the Arts and the University of Miami, José’s vast repertoire and masterful artistry make him a prominent figure in a new generation of musicians. He has held positions as principal trumpet with the Miami Symphony, the Sinfonieta de Caracas and Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela, as well as a position with the Dallas Brass.

With televised performances on the American Music Awards, the MTV Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Latin Grammy Awards, as well as TV appearances in more than 40 countries including the biggest US late-night talk shows; José’s talents are not limited to live audience performances. Having recorded with artists Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz, Luis Enrique, Rey Ruiz, Tito Nieves, Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan among others, Sibaja redefines the idea of a concert artist with a rich mix of stylistic genres surpassing the stereotype of today’s classical musician.

Most currently, Sibaja can be heard with the Boston Brass on their Rewired, Reminiscing, and Simple GiftsCDs, and on his solo records, Latitudes, Inner Voice and Spanish Air. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Music Corporation giving concerts, clinics and master classes worldwide, and is Associate Professor of Trumpet for the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

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