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Release Date: 09.13.2013 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Rialto Center for the Arts

Don't Miss the Buena Vista Social Club on OCT 5

Rialto Center Begins Its Season with Iconic Cuban Jazz Legends

(ATLANTA) – Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts begins its 2013-14 season with the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo, Eliades Ochoa, Guajiro Mirabal, and Barbarito Torres, Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 8 PM. Legendary vocalist, Omara Portuondo, leads this thirteen-member ensemble through a sultry, sizzling set of Cuban Jazz. For one night, Atlanta’s Rialto becomes Havana’s hottest members-only ticket, as the Buena Vista Social Club comes alive through the passion and effortless cool of its Orquesta’s veteran players.

Tickets start at $75 and are available at the Rialto Center’s box office, (404) 413-9TIX (9849) or  Pre-show events start at 7 PM in the Rialto Lobby.  Group and Georgia State University student discounts are offered for this show. The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is located at 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia.  Free Parking available for all Rialto Series events. 

Orchesta Buena Vista Social Club

A recording inspired by a members club in 1940’s Cuba led to an unexpected revival of international interest in traditional Cuban music. Nearly 50 years after the original club was closed, Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González along with American guitarist Ry Cooder and several other traditional Cuban musicians, some of whom were veterans at the original club during the height of its popularity, recorded Buena Vista Social Club named after the Havana institution, becoming an international success. Following the widespread popularity of the recording, some of the Cuban performers’ well-received solo albums and collaborations with international artists from different musical genres have been likened to a brand label that encapsulates Cuba's "musical golden age" between the 1930s and 1950s – Buena Vista Social Club.


Omara Portuondo

Omara Portuondo sang a duet with Ibrahim Ferrer on the album that started it all, Buena Vista Social Club, in 1996. This led not only to international touring with the Buena Vista troupe and her appearance in Wim Wenders' film The Buena Vista Social Club, but to two further albums for the World Circuit label: Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo (2000) and Flor de Amor (2004). In July 2005 she presented a symphonic concert of her most important repertoire at the Berlin Festival Classic Open Air am Gendarmenmark. The entire program was specially orchestrated by Roberto Sánchez Ferrer, a conductor/pianist with whom she had worked during her early years at Havana's Tropicana Club. In 2007 she performed the title role in Lizt Alfonso's dance musical "Vida", the story of modern Cuba through the eyes and with the memories of an old woman to sold out audiences. The following year, she recorded an album of duets with Brazilian singer Maria Bethania. In 2008 she also recorded a solo album Gracias as a tribute to the 60th anniversary of her singing career.

The Rialto continues its 2013-2014 season with Idan Riachel Project on Sunday, October 20, Bale Folclorico da Bahia on Friday, November 1 and Saturday November 2, and James Brown: Get on the Good Foot A Celebration in Dance featuring Philadanco on Saturday, November 9.

Venue: Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University,

80 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Cost:  Tickets starting at $75

Contact: 404-413-9TIX (9849) or

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Contact Info

Contact Name: Monica Barnes

Company: Rialto Center for the Arts

Phone: (404) 413-9818