Pregones/PRTT Mars is music The series returns with a lineup of nine classical, jazz, folk and fusion concerts featuring locally and internationally renowned artists all March in the Bronx, aka “El condado de la música” (The Borough of Music”) .
Here is the concert schedule for this weekend:
Friday, March 18, 8 p.m. – PLENA SENTADA FOR TITO MATOS (Afro Puerto Rican)
Para cantarle a un Plenero – For one night only, the Pregones Theater transforms into a gathering space for practitioners of traditional Puerto Rican musical forms Bomba y Plena. They come together to celebrate, highlight and honor the life, legacy and influential voice of Héctor René “Tito” Matos Otero (1968-2022). Master percussionist, teacher, composer and cultural activist, Matos spent a decade in New York City and during his time here forever changed the course of Nuyorican music.
Members of renowned ensembles Los Pleneros de la 21, Alma Moyó and Los Hijo ‘e Plena, play their panderos and barriles to sing songs and elevate memory, from Plena Lamento to the soul-purifying Bomba, in veneration of Tito Gear… dear Plenero, left before his time. This commemorative event is broadcast live only. There will be no in-person audience – please join the musicians via a FREE broadcast.
Saturday March 19, 8 p.m. – RICARDO PONS (Latin Jazz)
A soulful reed player known for his deft command of the saxophone and flute, Ricardo Pons is also a gifted arranger, composer and teacher, musical director of the contemporary sensation Bomba y Plena Viento de Agua (with Tito Matos), and former manager musical theater of the Prégones. He worked with legends like Korea chick, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Mario Bauzá, Willie Colón and Celia Cruz. He has performed at many major jazz and folk festivals around the world, from Sydney to Chicago to New York. Now based in Puerto Rico, Pons travels to his former creative home in the Bronx to perform new and recent compositions for a Latin jazz ensemble.
Sunday March 20, 4 p.m. – GABRIELLE CHOU (Classical | Bronx Piano Sundays)
Gabrielle Chou is a New York-based pianist and violinist who seeks to challenge genres and break down performance barriers. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she has been a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Austria, Italy, Spain and Taiwan. She performed in places such as David Gefen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust and the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei. For this concert, she will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Rzewski and Bolcom.