Venezuela Ricardo Lorenz’s Rumba Sinfonica—for orchestra and latin band—has been played by no less than 22 orchestras, which is an astonishing number for a piece of new music.


No surprise. Everyone from hip hop artists to smooth jazzers to Dancing with the Stars wants a piece of Latin music these days.

And as Lorenz told Scene in an interview, the melding of styles is de rigueur in Cuban music.

“That is the story of Cuban music. You go back 100 years or more to the Son, that in itself was an attempt by operetta musicians from Spain who also wanted to gig in clubs.”

The band Tiempo Libre (which will appear on Dancing with the Stars in a show airing Oct. 27) will perform Rumba Sinfonica with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, followed by a set of high energy timba, this Saturday at Severance Hall. Watch for a story about the music tomorrow in Scene's Arts section.

Meanwhile, Scene readers can get two for one tickets by using the code 7094 when they order tickets through the severance hall box office at 216.231.1111 or online at

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