Embrace the culture of Cuba and its rich musical traditions through the fresh sounds and inventive songwriting of Havana Cuba All-Stars with its performance, “Cuban Nights,” on Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

The performance will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.

With this debut U.S. tour of Cuba’s greatest musicians, “Cuban Nights” highlights the extraordinary musical legacy and traditions of the Cuban musical art form, staying true to an acoustic base.

The group draws its inspiration from traditional Cuban Son — a genre that evolved into Salsa — and features some of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians devoted to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music. Also known as Asere, the Havana Cuba All-Stars features musicians on vocals, trumpets, Spanish guitar, bass, steel guitar, congas, bongos, and violins.

The evening includes contemporary Son music, classic Son, Son-rumba, and ballads, as well as pieces showcasing guaguanco and cha-cha-cha rhythms.

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This performance by Havana Cuba All-Stars is supported in part by a gift from William H. Epstein, M.D., and Vickie Epstein.

The center has coordinated community engagement events during the ensemble’s visit, including a master class with Virginia Tech percussion students and a free matinee performance for middle and high school students from schools in Roanoke, Montgomery County, and Patrick County.

Since the Moss Arts Center’s opening in 2013, nearly 12,000 elementary, middle, and high school students have participated in the center’s free performing and visual arts activities. Discover more ways to engage with the center online.

Prior to the performance, the Moss Arts Center — in partnership with Up on the Roof and Blacksburg Young Professionals — will host a reception for young professionals. “Mix #attheMAC” includes a reception in the Moss Arts Center Cube with hors d'oeuvres, one complementary drink and a cash bar, and a ticket to “Cuban Nights” for $30 per person.  The reception can be added for patrons who already have tickets to the performance by calling the box office.


Tickets for the performance are $25-55 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email kmcallis@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to an event.

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