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FSU’s Cultural Events Series to Host Grammy Award-Winning Artist Paquito D'Rivera

FSU’s Cultural Events Series to Host Grammy Award-Winning Artist Paquito D'Rivera
Fluent in multiple musical languages, an electrifying composer and performer, Cuban-born Paquito D'Rivera has affected American music across Latin, jazz and classical genres. On Friday, April 9, the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet will offer an evening of cool Latin sounds to audiences, presented by the Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series Jazz Club. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. at Windsor Hall at Towne Centre in downtown Cumberland.

The recipient of 10 Grammy Awards, D’Rivera draws on early Cuban influences. His masterful work on the clarinet, alto saxophone and soprano saxophone is accompanied by brass, bass, percussion and piano, making the D’Rivera Quintet an explosive evening of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music.

D’Rivera started as a child prodigy. He began learning music at the age of 5 with his father, Tito Rivera, a classical saxophonist and conductor in Cuba. When he was 7, he became the youngest artist ever to endorse a musical instrument, when he signed on with the music company Selmer. As a teenager, he performed with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, playing both saxophone and clarinet. D'Rivera went on to establish the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna, as well as Irakere, whose explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music proved a ground-breaking addition to the Cuban musical milieu.

In early 1981, while on tour in Spain, he sought asylum with the American Embassy. On his arrival in the United States, D'Rivera found help from many people, including his idol, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bruce Lundvall, who gave him first solo recording date. D'Rivera quickly earned respect among American jazz musicians and was introduced to the jazz scene at some of the most prestigious clubs and concert halls in New York. He became something of a phenomenon after the release of his first two solo albums, “Paquito Blowin” (June 1981) and “Mariel” (July 1982).

Tickets for Paquito D’Rivera Quintet are $17 for adults and $12 for young people under 17. Group rate tickets are also available. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137, or by visiting

D’Rivera and his supporting musicians will present an interactive educational outreach session in which D’Rivera will discuss jazz and his experiences working as a professional musician. This opportunity is free and open to the public and will be held April 9 at 4:30 p.m. at Windsor Hall, Towne Centre, Cumberland. For more information on this educational outreach session, contact Melanie Moore at 301-687-7420 or

This tour engagement of Paquito D’Rivera is funded through the American Masterpieces programs of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, a major initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. This project is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the MSAC. The Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the MSAC, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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