Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra will perform at Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre on Friday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Hailing from Artemisa, Cuba, the Juno Award-nominated artist is known for his rich vocals surrounded by guitar, tres, piano, bass, trumpet, and percussion in tight, multi-layered arrangements.
Puentes thrives on the growth and acclaim for his original sonero sound. “I feel like a messenger of my roots and tradition, blesses that with me I have taken my music and heritage to many different places in the world; from Cuba, to Canada, USA, Mexico, Europe,” said Puentes. “My mission is to make you dance and enjoy my melodies and rhythms.”
The Page Series event will begin with free salsa dancing lessons from the Saint Mary’s Ballroom Dance Club at 6 p.m. in the Performance Center’s Ben Miller Lobby. Photographs of Cuba, taken by Dr. Gary Diomandes of the department of theater and dance and professor Eric Heukeshoven of the music department will also be exhibited.
In conjunction with the event, Dr. Juandrea Bates of Winona State University will offer a Page in History talk covering the history of Cuban music, focusing on the global and political influences shaping Cuban music. This free event will take place at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, at the Winona County History Center.
Tickets to the Page Series performance are $27 for adults and $24 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are not required for the Page in History or salsa dancing events. For more information or to order tickets, visit pagetheatre.org or call 507-457-1715.
About the Performance Center
Serving over 25,000 visitors per year, the goal of the Performance Center at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is to be Southeast Minnesota’s premiere performing arts center, bringing artists and community together through imaginative programming, unique collaborations, a welcoming atmosphere, and exceptional service. The Performance Center strives to be the venue through which artists and community connect, where audiences can experience a variety of cultures through quality performances of music, theater and dance, and discover the relevance of the arts in their daily lives.
Page Series activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Educational and community programs are made possible through the support of the Xcel Energy Foundation.
About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,700 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its schools of graduate and professional programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at smumn.edu.