Presents presentation of the Chucho Valdés Quartet scheduled
for Saturday, September 28, at 8 p.m. in the Zellerbach Theatre
of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, has been cancelled.
In addition to his concert in Philadelphia, he was to have performed
in New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA; Chapel Hill, Ashville, Wilmington,
and Davidson, NC; and the tour was to end with a week-long engagement
at the Village Vanguard in New York City.
Music Network (IMN), the agency representing Chucho Valdés,
has cancelled the Cuban jazz pianist's fall tour of the
US due to problems Valdés was having in getting his visa
cleared by the US "In early September, Valdés went
to the U. S. Interests Section in Havana with all the necessary
approval papers to receive his visa. Due to a change in procedural
policy on FBI security clearances, put in place in late-August
under the Homeland Security Act, his visa approval has been
delayed. A backlog of clearances at the FBI has resulted in
an unprecedented delay in receiving approvals," stated
Scott Southard, International Agent for IMN. Valdés was
also unable to accept his Latin Grammy Award last week in Los
Angeles. It was thought that his visa would be cleared in time
for the tour.
fulfilling its commitment to the community, PENN Presents is
pleased to partner with the Association of Latin American Musician
(AMLA) for An Evening of Cuban Food, Music and Dancing,
which was originally scheduled in conjunction with the Chucho
Valdés concert. The dinner and dance portion of the evening
have been moved to the following Friday, October 4. The dinner
at 6 p.m. will be held in the Annenberg Center lobby prior to
The Calle 54 Tour concert on October 4 at 8 p.m. in the
Zellerbach Theatre. The post-concert dance party with live Cuban
music provided by AMLA musicians will follow in the Harold Prince
Theatre at approximately 10 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m. Cuba
Libre and Cibucán restaurants will be providing food
and drink for the dance party. Tickets for the dinner are $10,
concert tickets are $47, $42, $34, $28, and dance tickets are
Calle 54 Tour concert includes Musical Director Paquito
D'Rivera on alto sax and clarinet, Giovanni Hidalgo on
percussion, flutist Dave Valentin, Marc Walker and Guillermo
McGill on drums, Chano Dominguez on piano, Pablo Martin on bass,
and flamenco percussionist Israel Suarez, flamenco singer Blas
Cordoba, and flamenco dancer Tomas Moreno.
is a possibility that "Bebo" Valdés (Chucho's
father), who is scheduled to play, may not appear because of
visa problems. He is still in Cuba.
holding tickets for the Chucho Valdés concert are asked
to contact the Annenberg Center box office at (215) 898-3900,
noon--6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, for a refund or to
exchange their tickets for The Calle 54 Tour concert
on October 4.