Larry Harlow's "Hommy: A Latin Opera" - July 23rd, 2014

Performed as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Series by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Larry Harlow’s HOMMY: A Latin Opera. Michael Stuart y Su Tremendo Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:30 PM Damrosch Park Bandshell (62nd Street & Amsterdam Ave.)

Larry Harlow’s HOMMY: A Latin Opera
Created by Larry Harlow
Words and Music by Larry Harlow and Jenaro “Heny” Álvarez
Conducted by Larry Harlow
Featuring vocalists Emo Luciano, Lisett Morales, Herman Olivera, Ray de la Paz, Adonis Puentes, Luisito Rosario, Michael Stuart, and Frankie Vasquez

Narrated by Ismael Carlo
Featuring the Masacote Dance Company
With special guest star Roberto Roena and a full symphony orchestra and chorus

At a red-hot peak in the ’70s, this pianist, composer, producer, and driving force of over 200 Fania albums had a vision to expand salsa’s possibilities. He penned a Spanish-language opera about a deaf and blind percussion wizard, inspired by The Who’s Tommy. Premiering at Carnegie Hall, sparking multiple hits, and re-launching the career of salsa queen Celia Cruz, it has taken 40 years for Harlow’s magnum opus to blaze back to the stage, complete with a 60-piece orchestra and choir. Harlow is joined by a line-up of next-generation stars, including Miami’s Lisett Morales, niece of Celia Cruz, as La Gracia Divina.

Michael Stuart y Su Tremendo

Kicking off the evening, Puerto Rico’s Michael Stuart and his band play the charismatic salsero and actor’s beloved, Latin Grammy-winning favorites.

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