Miranda & Montañez @ Lehman Center

Andy Montañez @ Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

(March 19, 2016) Two legitimate heavies of classic Salsa music performed to a capacity audience at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Singers Ismael Miranda and Andy Montañez brought swing to The Bronx venue with their celebrated vocal instruments.

The opener, singer Ismael Miranda, has a legacy that includes stints with Joey Pastrana & His Orchestra, Orchestra Harlow, Willie Colón, La Sonora Matancera, The Fania All-Stars, and his own solo career spanning 40 years. His repertoire for the evening reflected that long dance with salsa lovers — a relationship that took him from high school drop-out to international Latin Music star.

A very stirring moment came when Miranda began singing “En Mi Viejo San Juan.” It wasn’t long before the Puerto Rican flag found its way from the audience into his hands. At its conclusion, thunderous applause ensued when he declared, “Que Viva Puerto Rico Libre!”

The closer was “El Monte” Andy Montañez who had the Bronx audience moving in their seats, in the aisles, and swarming to the front of the stage. For almost fifteen years, Montañez was THE voice of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. His then controversial departure from EGC, came as the result of a lucrative deal struck with the country of Venezuela. He left from Puerto Rico to Venezuela and took over the lead singer spot with La Dimensión Latina (the famous Salsa band that also gave us Oscar D’Leon). After three years with La Dimensión Latina, he launched a solo career with his own orchestra, compiling hit after hit.

Miranda & Montañez were just one of several exciting shows held at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. For more info about remaing events, goto:  http://lehmancenter.org/new-season-2015-2016/.

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