Spanish Harlem Orchestra to Bring Their Latin Grooves to the Music Haven Concert Series, August 7th

SCHENECTADY – On Sunday, August 7th, Electric City’s Central Park will be sounding like a New York street corner, ringing with driving rhythms, bright percussion and surging horn charts. The Music Haven Concert Series welcomes the legendary, multiple Grammy Award®-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra to the stage for a blast of pure sunshine, salsa dura and Latin jazz. Opening the show that night is the Capital Region’s own Latin music legend, bassist/bandleader Alex Torres.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

The ensemble’s latest disc, Imágenes Latinasdedicated to the memory of iconic fellow New Yorkers Conjunto Libre, is a sparkling celebration—a life-affirming 11-song suite of intriguing voices singing intricate, hooky melodies framed with brass, keyboard, bass and a library of percolating sticks, hands and drums.

Thirteen strong, founded by legendary pianist and music director Oscar Hernández, Spanish Harlem Orchestra “comes at you full force, from start to finish. Their energy on stage and their rich sound and musical precision leave audiences mesmerized until the last note is played.”

Torch bearers for twenty years, SHO, with eight CDs under its collective belt, is dedicated to preserving the organic, vintage tradition of the barrio, yet inching the sound forward with every composition—”aware that it is crucial to continually push themselves and raise the bar.”

Assembling a special combo for this night’s performance, Alex Torres y Sus Amigos are sure to dazzle, just as the leader has with every one of his many visits to Music Haven over the decades.

Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra


The event, held rain or shine, will begin at 7:00 pm.

A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase at all Music Haven shows, beginning at 6:00 pm on Sunday nights and throughout festivals and special events.

Michele’s Charcoal Pit and Ben & Jerry’s return to Music Haven for all concerts and events in 2022. And, as has become tradition, international offerings reflecting locales from which the music comes will be sold at the concession stand—including, for Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Puerto Rican specialties like virgin Piña Coladas and Lidia’s empanadas (available in chicken and cheese; beef and potatoes; and spinach and cheese) served on rice and beans.

Wine and local craft beverages from Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Frog Alley Brewing Co. and Nine Pin Cider are available throughout the season.

For updates and new details about upcoming shows, visit Music Haven Concert Series on Facebook.

The family-friendly Agnes Macdonald Music Haven is easily accessible and has often been voted the “Best Outdoor Concert Venue” in the Capital Region.

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