Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present The Creole Choir of Cuba at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29 in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.
Descendants of Haitian slaves, the 10 men and women of The Creole Choir of Cuba have won over audiences around the world with their inspiring harmonies and jubilant dancing. With heartfelt passion, they blend modern Haitian rhythms with the creole spirituals and resistance songs passed down through their families.
Based in the historic city of Camagüey, Cuba’s third largest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Creole Choir of Cuba was founded in 1994 during the ‘Special Period’ when the Cuban economy collapsed following the breakup of the Soviet Union and the end of its support for the revolution. Food became scarce, while homes and work places often went dark due to the lack of electricity. It was at this difficult time that members of the Professional Choir of Camagüey decided to revive the creole songs of their ancestors for modern times.
The Creole Choir of Cuba has become a hit in England, where it has toured extensively since first appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009. In a testament to their enduring relationship with their spiritual homeland, the members of the choir also spent two month-long tours in Haiti as part of Cuba’s relief project following the January 2010 earthquake. Working in cooperation with the Haitian Cultural Ministry, the group ran workshops with children in displaced-persons camps and performed for the public. The choir embarked on its first U.S. tour in September 2011 with some 30 performances in more than 20 cities.
Tickets are available for $29 and $39 online at www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or through the Patron Services Box Office at (480) 499-TKTS (8587).
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale, four blocks south of Indian School Road and three blocks east of Scottsdale Road. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.