WEST HARTFORD — Romance de la guitarra is a captivating concert lovingly conceived around the theme of Valentine’s Day. The program features Spanish classical guitarist Daniel Salazar and his ensemble of international musicians, guest vocalists, and dancers performing exhilarating rhythms and beautiful melodies of Spain and Latin America for a special Valentine’s Day program, Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Hoffman Auditorium in the Bruyette Athenaeum, University of Saint Joseph at 8 p.m.
Autorino Center director, Steven Raider Ginsburg says, “Audience members continue to ask for Daniel’s unique Valentine’s Day performance year after year and I’m thrilled to host this tradition at the Center.”
This special concert will include romantic Spanish guitar selections, and will feature original music from Daniel Salazar’s highly popular repertoire combining elements of Flamenco, Latin and world rhythms. Highlights of the program include alluring performances by special guests, Flamenco singer and guitarist Jose Pedro Jimenez from Spain, and Flamenco dancer Yohanna Escamilla. The audience will also be treated to a viewing of Daniel Salazar’s latest music video release, “Adagio De Granada,” which was filmed and recorded in Spain.
Romance De La Guitarra will include beautifully crafted arrangements of Spanish selections such as “Leyenda” by Albeniz and “Danza Ritual Del Fuego” by Falla. Also performing will be The Daniel Salazar Ensemble, an outstanding group of internationally renowned musicians: Esteban Arrufat from Puerto Rico playing Latin Percussion, flautist Gonzalo Cortes from Chile, Eugenio Huanca from Chile playing charango (Latin American string instrument), zampoña (pan flute) Abraham Sanchez on keyboards, and. virtuoso guitarist Lorena Garay from Puerto Rico.
Daniel Salazar’s style fuses the traditional Spanish guitar with contemporary and world music sounds as well as classical elegance. Known to Connecticut audiences for his highly popular Guitar Under the Stars concerts, this renowned musician has appeared in many prestigious international venues throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe.
Daniel is the recipient of several prestigious awards including a 2018 Citation for Artistic Contribution from the State Of Connecticut General Assembly, a 2017 Charter Oak Vision Award For The Arts, 2011 Public Service Award, a 2013 Official Citation from The State of Connecticut’s House of Representatives for leadership in music and artistic vision, and a 2013 Proclamation from the Office of The Mayor declaring “Daniel Salazar Day” in the of The City of Hartford. Daniel has also held the distinguished titled of United States Artistic Ambassador. For additional information, visit www.danielsalazar.com/.
With his international performances, distinctive repertoire, dynamic original music and arrangements of Spanish classics for guitar and orchestra, Daniel Salazar continues to expand the guitar’s repertoire while introducing new audiences to the beautiful sound of the Spanish classical guitar.
Tickets are reserved seating, with prices as follows: Premium: $32; General: $27; Seniors: $22 and Students (non-USJ) with valid ID: $17. Tickets can be purchased at the Frances Driscoll Box Office: 860-231-5555 or online at tickets.usj.edu. For more information on the Autorino Center’s current season visit www.tickets.usj.edu/
To learn more about University of Saint Joseph, visit www.usj.edu.