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Tiempo Libre Joins North Carolina Symphony | June 12

North Carolina Symphony Tiempo Libre Koka Booth AmphitheatreThis Saturday: A Night of Latin Fire at Summerfest

Afro-Cuban trailblazers Tiempo Libre light up the Carolina night this Saturday, June 12, when the three-time Grammy-nominated super group joins the North Carolina Symphony onstage at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Audience members wear your dancing shoes, as Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director William Henry Curry leads a sizzling concert lineup of Latin favorites and exciting crossover collaborations.

The concert takes place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary’s Regency Park, Saturday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m.

One of the most popular Latin bands working today, Tiempo Libre, which means “free time,” was the first authentic all-Cuban timba band in the United States. Their debut at the 2002 Ravinia Festival in Chicago led the seven-member group to worldwide popularity, with their performances headlining venues from Miami, Oakland, New York and New Orleans to Thailand, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Their latest album, Bach in Havana, was nominated for the Best Tropical Latin Album Grammy last year.

In Cary, they join the North Carolina Symphony for a medley of traditional cha-cha-chas and sones, including “El Manicero,” “Son de la Loma” and “Guantanamera,” arranged by band leader Jorge Gomez and Miami Sound Machine co-founder Raul Murciano. They will also perform selections from Bach in Havana and their two Grammy-nominated timba albums, Lo Que Esperabas and Arroz Con Mango.

The Symphony adds spice with a variety of Latin-inspired compositions, while the night comes to a head in a special collaboration, Rumba Sinfónica, an inspired union of Cuban rhythms and symphonic power. North Carolina Symphony Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks conducted the premiere of Rumba Sinfónica with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2007.

Tickets to Tiempo Libre are $20 and $25. Koka Booth Amphitheatre is located at the Tryon Road exit off US-1, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27518.

For tickets and more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at or call 919.733.2750 or Ticketmaster. New to Summerfest this year, audience members can win prizes in the Symphony’s Picnic of the Week contest. Learn more at

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