Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and GOYA FOODS is proud to presents the return to “La Casa De La Salsa” the Legendary Son of the Bronx, WILLIE COLÓN and his ORCHESTRA for a special concert full of Christmas songs to celebrate El Espiritu de La Navidad on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 8pm. Willie will perform his best holiday songs like “Aires de Navidad”, “La Murga de Panama”, “Esta Navidad” and “Cantemos” as well as his classics like “Gitana”, “Idilio”, “El Gran Varon” and “Juanito Alimaña”. With over 50 years of experience, renowned singer, trombonist, composer, producer, actor, director, and internationally respected community leader, Willie Colón has recorded 40 albums and sold more than 30 million records worldwide, including fifteen gold and five platinum records and eleven GRAMMY nominations.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for WILLIE COLÓN & ORCHESTRA on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 8pm are VIP*$100, $65, $60, $55, $45, and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 4pm on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. *VIP Reception: The Havana Café, Goya Foods and Lehman Center special VIP pre-concert wine & hors d’oeuvres reception will start at 6:30pm. VIP tickets include the reception and the best seats in the house. Sponsored by Havana Café Restaurant and Goya Foods. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.
WILLIE COLÓN, Bronx-born of Puerto Rican grandparents, has fused his musical talent, his passion for humanity, and his community and political activism into an extraordinary career. He formed his first band in 1964 at age 14 and made his recording debut as a bandleader on the self-produced single “Fuego en el barrio.” One of the first signings to the Fania Records label, his 1967 Fania debut, El Malo, included his first hit, the instrumental “Jazzy.” Ten albums between 1967 and 1975 were made in partnership with Puerto Rican-born Héctor Lavoe. Asalto Navideño Vol. 1 (1971) was created as a tribute to the old Jibaro Christmas music of Colón’s grandmother Antonia Pintor and featured cuatro player Yomo Toro and Lavoe on vocals. Two years later, Colón, Lavoe and Toro released a second album of Jibaro Christmas selections, Asalto Navideño Vol. 2, that also emphasized Jibaro country music with the addition of the other Latin rhythms of salsa, Guaguancó, merengue, bomba, samba and Panamanian murga. In 1974 Colón turned leadership of his band over to Lavoe to concentrate on producing and arranging. His albums over the next four years continued to be in association with other lead singers, including Rubén Blades, Mon Rivera and Celia Cruz, and his 1978 collaboration with Blades, Siembra, is the biggest-selling Salsa/Tropical album of all-time. Though he had emerged from the coro to sing lead vocals on three tracks of his GRAMMY-nominated 1975 album The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, 1979’s Solo was the first time he carried an entire album as lead singer, and this album went gold within three weeks of its release. Colón made three more solo albums before leaving Fania in the mid-’80s, including 1981’s platinum-winning Fantasmas. He has performed internationally for decades, including a 1998 reunion with Blades for Amnesty International in Caracas, Venezuela for over 140,000 people.