Lehman Center hosts El Principe de la Bachata, Frank Reyes

Lehman Center hosts El Principe de la Bachata, Frank Reyes
Frank Reyes.
Photo courtesy of Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and Goya Foods is proud to present the debut performance at Lehman Center of El Principe de la Bachata, FRANK REYES, on Saturday, June, 29th at 8 p.m. In this special concert for all the fans of bachata, Grammy-nominated Frank Reyes, with his exceptional bachata rhythm and incredible singing talent, will perform his greatest hits such as ‘Quién Eres Tu,’ ‘Tu Eres Ajena,’ and ‘Ayer Te Vi Con El’ and many more.

This concert continues the completion of the first phase of renovations at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Concert goers will find that the lobbies have been upgraded for ADA compliance with new ramps and carpeting, and the interior of the theater will have new seating, carpeted aisles, and finished flooring as well. The $15.4 million dollar refurbishment of the Center, which is expected to be completed by mid-2019, will also include 5,400 square feet of enlarged space, with a new main entrance and a redesigned box office, plus new administration offices and restroom facilities on the first and mezzanine floors, and an elevator. The Center seats 2,278 people in the concert hall and is the largest of its kind in the borough. Funding for the project is being provided by the Office of the Governor, the New York State Legislature, the Bronx delegation of the New York City Council, and the Office of the Bronx Borough President. Additional funding is being raised with a seat naming initiative, which allows community members to make a personal connection with one of New York City’s most important not-for-profit entertainment venues.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for FRANK REYES on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 8 p.m. are $125*VIP, $85, $65, and $45, and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m., and beginning at 4 p.m. on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. *VIP Reception: The Havana Café, Goya Foods and Lehman Center special VIP pre-concert wine & hors d’oeuvres reception will start at 6:30 p.m. VIP tickets include the reception and the best seats in the house. Sponsored by Havana Café Restaurant and Goya Foods. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.

FRANK REYES, one of the best-known bachata artists in the world, was born in the town of Tenares in the Dominican Republic to a family of farmers. He discovered his musical talent as a young boy and formed a singing group with his brothers. At the age of twelve, he moved 90 miles away to the capital city of Santo Domingo, where he worked odd jobs until he could establish a grocery store business. There he was discovered by Juan Genáo, who produced his first album Tú Serás Mi Reina. Of the eleven songs on the record, eight were written by Reyes, including the hits ‘Voy Pa’ Lla’ and ‘Como Fui A Enamorarme De Ti.’ During the years 1993 to 1996, Frank recorded four additional albums with Genáo Records including 1993’s Si El Amor Condena, Estoy Condenado and El Príncipe. These albums contained the hits ‘Suspiro de Amantes,’ ‘Se Fue Mi Amor Bonito,’ ‘La Lay De La Vida,’ and ‘Basta Ya.’ Moving to J&N Records, he released Vine a Decirte Adiós with its hit title song and ‘Ya No Te Creo Nada.’ This album firmly established Reyes as the Prince of Bachata and won the Casandra Award for Bachatero of the Year and was nominated by Acroarte, the Dominican art journalists’ association. His next album Extraño Mi Pueblo was an even bigger hit locally, and then in 2000, Reyes released his album Amor En Silencio which contained the song ‘Tu Eres Ajena,’ which became an international hit.

He started touring internationally and released Dejame Entrar en Ti in 2002, which included the super hit ‘Nada De Nada,’ and remained on the Spanish-language charts for 18 months. In 2004 Frank Reyes performed at Madison Square Garden and Shea Stadium in New York City. That year he released En Vivo, with its hit ‘Se Fue Mi Amor Bonito’ and Cuando Se Quiere Se Puede that included the smash hit ‘Quien Eres Tu.’ The latter album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Tropical Album and won three Cassandra Awards. 2005 saw the release of the smash hit ‘Princesa’ from the album Dosis de Amor, and 2007’s release of Te Regalo el Mar, with its hit title tune, as well as a second top song ‘Amor Desperdiciado.’ Reyes has continued to tour and release records. 2014’s ‘Noche de Pasión’ (from the album of the same name) charted in the República Dominicana de Monitor Latino Top Latin Songs for 22 weeks. That album also contained the hit ‘Ya Te Olvide.’ Devuélveme Mi Libertad spawned the top songs ‘Amor Real’ and ‘Veneno.’ In 2018 Reyes won again the Sovereign (formally Cassandra) Award for Bachatero des Año. Frank Reyes is also an accomplished merengue singer and on many of his albums, he has included a couple of merengue songs. On May 21st, 2019, he released three new merengue songs- ‘Por Ti No Sufro Mañana,’ ‘Quiero Tus Besos’ and ‘Mi Sorpresa Fuiste Tú,’ as part of an upcoming album titled Solo Merengue, Vol. 17. Frank Reyes is also part of Romeo Santos’ new #1 Billboard Top Latin Chart Album titled Utopia, along with fellow bachateros Raulin Rodriguez, Anthony ‘El Mayimbe’ Santos and Monchy & Alexandra. And Reyes is currently at work preparing a new bachata album.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2018-2019 Season is also made possible through the sponsorships by Goya Foods, New York State Council on the Arts, Con Edison, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, Havana Café, and the Friends of Lehman Center.

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