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"One Of The Best At What We Do:" Spanish Harlem Orchestra To Play Gilmore Fest

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Oscar Hernandez takes great pride in the top-level musicianship of the Grammy-winning Latin/Jazz band the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, which will perform at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Chenery Auditorium on Saturday at 8 pm. He tells Cara Lieurance how he and his fellow players push the boundaries of virtuosity and complexity while never losing touch with the traditions and foundations upon which the music is based.

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is celebrating fifteen years as a group with a new album, AnniversaryHernandez says Kalamazoo audiences will be some of the first to hear the new songs played live. The new album includes nine original pieces, and four old standards that were "taken to the tailor to get a brand new suit of clothes." 

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Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
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