The World’s Best Boleros from a Quartet of Talented Musicians
By Camie Sands
Born in Cuba and achieving full flower in Mexico, the bolero is one of the world’s great popular song forms. With its refined melodies and infectious rhythms, its sentimental lyrics telling stories of romance and passion and betrayal, the bolero speaks to every new generation. The bolero got an added boost in the 1990s, when Mexican singer Luis Miguel released his multiplatinum album Romance and its sequels.
Los Mejores Boleros
Rosa Guadalupe, voice; Gabriel Hernández, keyboard; Remy Fenoy, bass; Mario Alberto Torres, percussion
Tue, Feb 9, 7:30pm
Teatro Santa Ana
Tickets on sale at the theater box office and La Biblioteca gift shop
On February 9, at 7:30pm, in the Teatro Santa Ana at La Biblioteca, a quartet of talented performers will celebrate the genre in a concert entitled “Los Mejores Boleros.” Featuring the songs of Alvaro Carrillo (“Un poco más”), Consuelo Velázquez (“Bésame mucho”), María Grever (“Cuando vuelva a tu lado”), and many other boleros, the concert will appeal to the novice and bolero buff alike.
Leading the quartet, on vocals is Rosa Guadalupe, one of San Miguel’s best-loved singers. A native of Mexico City, Guadalupe began her musical career as an award-winning classical guitarist. She developed her vocal abilities during an international tour with the popular group Viraje, and as a protégée of the legendary Mexican songwriter José Sabre Marroquín, with whom she made several recordings with the composer at the piano.
Cuban-born pianist Gabriel Hernández, a top headliner in San Miguel, will play keyboards. A graduate of the music academy in Camagüey, Cuba, his birthplace, Hernández attained one of the highest honors for a musician in Cuba: he was inscribed by UNEAC (the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba) in its list of the country’s greatest performers. A piano virtuoso with jaw-dropping technique, reminiscent of the late Bud Powell, Hernández has shared the stage with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Tito Puente, Jean Carter, and Chucho Valdéz.
Remy Fenoy, on bass, is Rosa Guadalupe’s son and a virtuoso in his own right. Since moving to San Miguel from Mexico City last year, Fenoy has become one of the most sought-after musicians in town, known for his versatility and unerring sense of rhythm. Rounding out the quartet is the superbly talented percussionist Mario Alberto Torres, a specialist in Cuban music who has toured extensively in Europe.