Orquesta Aragon Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Concert in Cuba

Cienfuegos, Cuba, Sep 30.- The Orchestra Aragon, insignia of Cuban music from the last century, is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its creation today with a concert in its hometown.

The recital will take place at Centennial Tomás Terry theater here in this city, 250 kilometers southeast of Havana, as part of the program of the First Symposium “On the paths of music” that began here today, dedicated to the three-quarters of a century of “Charanga Eterna.”

The group, known at the time as Rhythmic 39, was founded in this city known as the Pearl of the South on September 30, 1939 by bassist Orestes Aragón, a carpenter by trade.

With a permanent home in Havana since August 7, 1955, in February 1956 the orchestra made its international debut in Panama and before finishing the decade, the mambo and the cha-cha-cha appeared on stages in Venezuela, Guatemala and the United States.

Since then the Aragón has brought Cuban music to some 40 countries throughout every continent, with hits like The Bodeguero, Cachita, Para Cochero, Guajira con Tumbao, and Tres Lindas Cubanas.

Recently the Aragón performed in Colombia, and next October 4 it has scheduled, along with other Cuban groups, a giant concert at the Caracas Polyhedron. (Prensa Latina)

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