You are cordially invited to attend
“A Tribute to Rafael Hernandez,
Puerto Rican Composer and Musician”
Presented by the
Puerto Rican Heritage Society
and the Incarnate Word University
Kelso Arts Center
San Antonio, TX 78209
Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7 pm;
Doors open at 6:15 pm
February 29, 2016 (SAN ANTONIO, TX) — The Puerto Rican Heritage Society (PRHS), a San Antonio-based non-profit community organization, presents “Tribute to Rafael Hernandez: Puerto Rican Composer”, a cultural and educational presentation and concert, on Friday, March 11th, 7:00 p.m. at the Incarnate Word University’s Kelso Arts Center, Concert Hall. Entrance is free and open to the public; seats are limited, doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Ecos de Puerto Rico, San Antonio’s cuatro instrument orchestra, will play Rafael Hernandez music for the public. www.ecosdepr.com
Alejandro “Chali” Hernandez, Rafael Hernandez’s son and director of the Rafael Hernandez Museum Hall located in Puerto Rico’s Inter American University, visits San Antonio to share his father’s musical legacy which transcended geographical barriers and touched several generations. “As a father he was incredible; as a friend and patriot Rafael Hernandez fulfilled his social responsibility with the youth and with all Puerto Ricans in the Island and all over the world,” said Chali. “He was really a man for all times,” he added.
“This is the first time that Alejandro “Chali” Hernandez visits our city,” said Luz Garcia, PRHS president. “Chali brings his father’s inspiration, words and music full of emotion to San Antonio’s community. Each of his musical compositions is a gift to the world bringing memories and individual stories; we invite everyone to share in this one-time event,” Garcia added.
“Campanitas de cristal”, “Preciosa”, “Venus” and “Lamento Borincano” are but a few of Rafael Hernandez’s famous compositions. Mexico was his home for sixteen years; he married Mexican-born Maria Perez and had four children, three born in Mexico and the last one, Chali, born in Puerto Rico. “Que Chula es Puebla”, Mexican-corrido genre, is considered the state of Puebla’s regional hymn. Rafael Hernandez genres included guaracha, rumba, bolero, danza, creole, villancicos and aguinaldos, plena, national and children’s songs, and hymns among others.
About Puerto Rican Heritage Society (PHS) / Sociedad Herencia Puertorriqueña (SHP) is a 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1984, in San Antonio, TX, Under the banner of culture, education, community—its objectives are to promote and maintain the Puerto Rican culture and traditions alive in the city. The organization also promotes personal and career development through scholarships offered to high school students interested in pursuing a higher education. The SHP is also committed to supporting the community at large by participating in civic endeavors in the city. www.coquisa.org
Date: Friday, March 11, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Place: Concert Hall Kelso Art Center, University of the Incarnate Word (for exact location refer to link) http://www.myatlascms.com/map/index.php?id=361#!ct/7742,3245?ce/3245
Free and open to the public
Suggested donation $10.00 p/p