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Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club
Adiós Tour

Note: Because of Ticketmaster’s exclusive agreement with DPAC, our presentation of the Buena Vista Social Club is excluded from Pick-Four discounts. However, the purchase of a Duke Performances’ Pick-Four package comes with a discount code — redeemable online, by phone, or at the venue box office — worth 25% off tickets to this presentation.

$10 Duke student tickets available in person at the Duke University Box Office on the top level of the Bryan Center University Center, by phone at 919-684-4444, and online by clicking here. Box Office hours are 11 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday.


In 1996, Cuban bandleader Juan de Marcos González, American guitarist Ry Cooder, and British producer Nick Gold assembled a group of old-guard son musicians to record a collection of classic mambos, cha-cha-chás, and boleros, a tribute to Havana’s vibrant club scene in the 1930s and ’40s. Buena Vista Social Club emerged as a near-perfect record: the album was certified platinum, won the GRAMMY for Best Latin Album, and was the subject of an acclaimed Wim Wenders documentary.

Many of the original ensemble members — including trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, guitarist Eliades Ochoa, and the incomparable singer Omara Portuondo — embark this year on an ambitious Adiós tour, the end of Buena Vista’s life on the road. This special concert will feature those charter members plus a twelve-piece band, in a musical celebration sufficiently memorable to fill the grand Durham Performing Arts Center. The New York Times says of the Buena Vista experience: “The stage is awash in such intense joy and camaraderie, you become convinced that making music is a key to longevity and spiritual well-being.”

Buena Vista Social Club is a co-presentation of Duke Performances and The Carolina Theatre of Durham.

  • Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 7:00pm