Thursday, July 16 – 9 p.m.
Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane).
Cuban singer Yaíma Sáenz and her band will offer a concert in Toronto tonight as part of the Panamania festival of arts and culture taking place during the XVII Pan American Games.
The concert at the Young Centre will include songs from the artist’s forthcoming album written by Cubans Silvio Rodriguez, Juan Formell, Donato Poveda, Pablo Milanes, David Torrens and Orlando Romero, among other composers.
Lucía Huergo and Denis Peralta were among the arrangers of the album, entitled Identity.
The performance also features piano, bass, drums, cello and saxophone.
Sáenz will also sing the song composed by Cesar” Pupy” Pedroso to represent the Cuban delegation at the Pan American Games. The demanding song includes difficult vocal variation and poses the challenge of singing in Spanish, French and English.
With this performance Sáenz returns to her roots, the culture of sport. As a young 18 year old, about to graduate from the College of Physical Culture where she played handball, she discovered her talent as a singer and took up music instead.