Orquesta Aragon: Cuban Music Legends at Yoshi's in Oakland
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San Francisco Symphony Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik leads the orchestra in an irresistible program featuring works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Britten and Piazzolla. Following a lovely early Mozart Divertimento, Barantschik takes center stage in Mendelssohn's D minor Violin Concerto, one of the Romantic master's finest creations and a delightful surprise for concertgoers who only know its more famous sibling. Britten's gorgeous Simple Symphony salutes the composer's centenary, and the program concludes with the sultry music of another 20th-century master: Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, the "King of Nuevo Tango." Inside Music, an informative talk with Laura Stanfield Prichard, begins one hour prior to the concert. Learn More
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We had a fabulous time at Yoshi's listening and dancing to Orquesta Aragon! Everything went smoothly, from picking up the tickets at Will Call and getting our table when we walked in. It was definitely well worth it and we want to thank Gold Star for getting us tickets for 1/2 price and giving us the same seats as those that paid full price. The Orquesta Aragon was truly a Legend and the sold out crowd proved it!
The legendary Orquesta Aragon is also known as The Mother of Cuban Charanga, as well as La Charanga Eterna (The Eternal Charanga). Their long and successful career began on September 30th, 1939, in Cienfuegos, Cuba, under the leadership of Orestes Aragon. Since then, they have undoubtedly secured their status as the favorite Cuban band for millions of passionate music listeners who cherish the island's most popular musical genres: Son, Danzon and the Cha Cha Cha.
After more than 70 years, Orquesta Aragon continues to be the legendary music group that reaches young and old fans throughout the world. Under the direction of violinist Rafael Lay, who follows in his father's footsteps as the leader of Orquesta Aragon, the group has maintained their signature sound. The group's top priority rests with preserving the true, original sound that became the group's trademark from their inception. This has been an important factor in the continued success of the group, evidenced by their continuing run of sold-out concerts on every continent. When you attend an Orquesta Aragon concert today, not only will you witness Cuban music in its purest form, but you will be surprised by the many generations of fans in attendance.
Orquesta Aragon has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Paris' Olympia Theatre and Tchaikovsky's Theatre in Russia, where they were the first international act ever to perform. In 1999, the group was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame. Their many international awards and accomplishments also include multiple Grammy nominations.
About the Ticket Supplier: Yoshi's Oakland
Yoshi's began in 1973 as a small, North Berkeley sushi bar owned by a trio of struggling students with plenty of dreams. Its founder and namesake, Yoshie Akiba, orphaned during World War II, came to the U.S. to study fine arts, dance and dance therapy. She opened Yoshi's Japanese Restaurant with her two best friends Kaz Kajimura, a journalist and carpenter, and Hiroyuki Hori, a painter and Japanese cook. The original North-Berkeley, 25-seat restaurant quickly became successful and by 1977 the three partners moved to a larger space on Claremont Avenue in Oakland and began introducing live music in their restaurant. Over the next 20 years, Yoshi's built itself into one of the world's most respected jazz venues and won a reputation as the Bay Area's premier location for people who were looking for great food and the best jazz. Yoshi's has hosted legendary jazz greats such as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr. and Oscar Peterson among hundreds of others.
In 1997, Yoshi's was invited by the Port of Oakland to relocate to Jack London Square as part of a plan to revitalize the area. Together with Morimoto Architects, Yoshi's built an award-winning 330-seat jazz club with a state-of-the-art sound system and design. Occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Jack London Square, the club is in it's tenth year in that location which has become one of the East Bay's greatest destinations. The restaurant and lounge have a combined capacity of 220. In 1998 Peter Williams was hired as the club's artistic director. Under his leadership, the club has continued to present the finest in jazz music, as well as world music, blues, neo-soul, latin jazz and afro-cuban music. In fall of 2006, Kajimura decided that it was time to elevate the menu to the quality of the jazz by recruiting Executive Chef Shotaro 'Sho' Kamio, one of the Bay Area's top chefs to make the change. Chef Kamio (formerly of Ozumo) brought a whole new generation of modern Japanese cuisine to Yoshi's, which instantly put it on the map as a destination to dine in addition to the best place to hear great live music.