THE LEHMAN CENTER PERFORMING ARTS SERIES presents The Diva and El Rey in a Historic Reunion

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SOPHY & FAUSTO REY in an unrepeatable concert on Saturday, April 13th at 8PM

Tickets: $50 – $125

Venue: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468

Contact: 718- 960-8833

SOPHY DE PUERTO RICO was born in Aguadilla (Puerto Rico), grew up in San Sebastian, and has recorded in multiple musical genres, including: Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata, among others.

Moving to New York City in the late 1960’s, she joined Tito Puente’s orchestra as a vocalist and performed weekly on his radio show Tito Puente y Su Mundo Latino. Puente produced Sophy’s first two albums Tito Puente Con Orgullo… Sophy (1969), that featured her first hit “La Última Palabra”, and Te Reto(1970). Signing with the Velvet de Venezuela label, she released her self-titled album Sophy the following year, which spawned the hits “Te Apuesto”, “Los Reyes Magos”, and “Será, Será”. Her much acclaimed next album, Yo Soy Mujer Y No Soy Una Santa (1972), dominated the airwaves in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Columbia with its abundance of hits including “Locuras Tengo De Ti”, “Estoy Sola”, “Muchacho Malo”, “Perdón”, “Cuéntale A Ella”, and “Canción Para Una Esposa Triste”. Sophy’s next two albums also contained multiple hits like “Usted Ya Me Olvidó”, “Te Acordarás de Mí”, “Me Muero Por Estar Contigo”, “Una Noche Por Mes”, and “Qué Vas A Hacer Sin Mí”.

She became so popular that she began playing to very large audiences worldwide, including Madison Square Garden in NYC, and she also performed with Fausto Rey for 30,000 fans at the Santo Domingo Olympic Stadium in the Dominican Republic. During her long and prolific career, Sophy has recorded over thirty albums and has received more than 400 international awards, including Gold and Platinum records.

FAUSTO REY is a Dominican Republic born and raised singer songwriter and guitarist with a smooth style that can range from Salsa, Merengue, and Jazz.

During his teens, he performed in the local groups Los Magnéticos and the Brahmins in his hometown of La Romana before joining Johnny Ventura’s Orchestra. Signing with 4Points Records, he recorded his first album Fausto Rey in 1970 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Due to the success of that record, he returned to Argentina to record five additional albums for 4Points. Joining Fania Records, Rey released El Amor Es Natural in 1977, 1979’s salsa album: La Responsabilidad with Larry Harlow and his Orchestra with Adalberto Santiago and Nestor Sanchez in the chorus, and a duo album with the legendary Dominican singer Rafael Colón – Rafael Colón y Fausto Interpretan a: Juan Lockward (1982).

Forming his own Merengue Orchestra, Fausto released the hit song “El Pájaro Herido” and followed up with the album: Mi Linda Música Merengue (1984) which contained the hits “De Que Priva Maria”, “Brindemos Más Amor”, and “Se Va La Vida”. Since then he has recorded five additional albums, the most recent being the moving and bittersweet Bachata a Media Voz.

Details:

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