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The Lena Hovanesian Group Brings Jazz to Costa Rica

Costa Rica Entertainment News – It’s not often that you get the chance to hear real jazz music such that you find all through the night in New York, so a visit from musical quintet, The Lena Hovanesian Group (accompanied by the experienced saxophonist Dave Pietro) is an opportunity not to be missed.

The Lena Hovanesian GroupThe artists will play a one-off concert on Thursday at 7.30pm at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, Dent neighborhood.

Luis Rodrigo Durán, Coordinator for Dramatic Arts for the Theatre, described the group as being contemporary through the energy they put into their performances.

Dave Pietro travels with the group while retaining his post as a professor at the University of New York.

Throughout his career, he has released a number of solo albums, such as ‘Standard Wonder: The Music of Stevie Wonder’, as well as having worked with other artists; the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, for example.

The Lena Hovanesian Group is fronted by the saxophonist and composer, Lena Hovanesian. She’s a graduate from the Universities of Los Angeles and New York, and is now studying for a Master’s Degree in San José.

The group is still in its infancy, having only been formed in March. One of their primary aims is to explore the dissonance and consonance within this genre of music. Together with the found and saxophonist, the group features a second saxophonist, a double bassist, a guitarist, a vibraharpist and a drummer.

Durán added that around 90% of the money from ticket sales will be donated to the Creating Smiles Foundation. This is one way in which the North American and Costa Rican Cultural Centre (CCCN) and the theater further their social impact.

The concert is a part of the Promising Artists of the 21st Century program, which works to spread the culture of the United States within Costa Rica. The participating groups are selected by way of a competition.

General tickets are ¢5.000 and ¢4.000 for students and seniors. The theater is in the Dent neighborhood, 50 meters north of Boliche Dent. For more information about the concert or to make a reservation, call 8000-464537.

Translated from La Nacion

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