From La Montaña to Main Street: The Cuatro Concert

On Saturday, December 1 at Our Lady of the Cross, the Puerto Rican Cultural Project will present From La Montaña to Main St.: The Cuatro Concert – a cultural musical event sponsored by Baystate Health.  The show will feature two outstanding performers: American-born Jeff Kust and Puerto Rico-born José González. Both will play the national instrument of Puerto Rico – the small, ten-string cuatro.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Our Lady of the Cross (formerly Holy Cross Church at 23 Sycamore Street).  The Hall is located across from the church, between Dwight and Appleton Streets inHolyoke.  Parking is available behind the church and behind the hall.

Jeff Kust is a world-renown composer and guitar player living in Chicago, who recently adopted the cuatro as his signature musical instrument. He has toured the United States, Europe and Brazil as a solo guitarist and performed numerous concerts in the Chicago area and on Chicago radio. He toured and performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as with their chamber ensembles and also performs and records with other artists. He has performed with rock bands, for live theater productions and on soundtracks. Kust holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in classical guitar performance and a bachelor’s degree in music education. His two most recent CDs are Ilumination and A Cuatro Christmas.

José González, native of Puerto Rico and a long-time resident of the Pioneer Valley, is a guitarist and composer who is also a virtuoso cuatro player. González is a top-rated performer of contemporary latin music who has been acclaimed for his original compositions that feature the cuatro in traditional, popular and classical music. González was Director of Music for the Holyoke Public Schools and director of the popular regional musical ensemble Criollo Clásico. A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico in humanities and music, as well as a graduate of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of

Music, he has received several awards including the Hispanic Excellence in Music Award (2006) from the Hispanic Professional Network. His music has been featured on three Putumayo World Music Compilations and can be heard on the soundtrack of the PBS Special “Visions of Puerto Rico”.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Project is a new organization in the city.  Its mission is to facilitate programming and promote activities highlighting Puerto Rican culture.

Tickets are available now at the Holyoke Public Library on the second floor of theHolyokeCity Hall.

Tickets; Adults: $10 | 12 and under: $3 | 3 and under: FREE.

For further information, please contact María Pagán, Director of the Holyoke Public Library at 413-322-5640.


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