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The Naples Music Club (www.naplesmusicclub.org) will present a performance by Nachito Herrera – a master of classical music, Cuban genres and jazz - in his return to Naples on Saturday, February 21, at North Naples Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m. with his trio.
Herrera last played in Naples with the Cuban Symphony to a sold-out audience at the Naples Philharmonic Center two years ago as part of the ArtsNaples World Festival. His performance brought the audience to its feet with thunderous applause.
Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera was a child prodigy who stunned Cuban audiences at the age of 12 when he performed Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. He focused on classical music until he was 18. By the late 1990’s, Herrera had joined the famed Cuban Orchestra Cubanismo as its pianist, musical director, and arranger. Cubanismo performed at many of the world’s finest concert halls and prestigious festivals. Herrera combines classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms. He has phenomenal technique, great originality, and a totally captivating personality. Jazz critic and “Playboy Guide To Jazz” author Neil Tesser, said his talent “…vaults him into the upper echelon — a trinity comprising Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and now Nachito Herrera”. The Jazz Police hailed his, “Monster technique, bottomless energy, and infectious enthusiasm.” And, Tom Surowicz with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, called him, “Explosive. Crowd pleasing. Rhythmically intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good.” You won’t want to miss his performance in Naples!
Tickets to Nachito Herrera’s February 21 performance presented by the Naples Music Club are $10 per adult and $5 per child for families; $25 per person for general admission; and $75 per person for patrons in a reserved section. To purchase tickets, please visit www.naplesmusicclub.org/concerts, call 239.384.9205, or send a check payable to Naples Music Club to P.O. Box 112383, Naples, FL 34108.
Sen. Marco Rubio says he can win the next presidential election. The Florida Republican is dismissing concerns his chances are threatened by potential rival and his political mentor – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, the 43-year-old first-term senator says: he believes “we can put together the organization and raise the money necessary to win.”
Rubio says he has yet to make a final decision about whether to seek re-election to the Senate or run for president. But he reiterated Wednesday that he’ll only seek one of the two.
Should Rubio get into the race, he’ll join a field expected to include Bush. Rubio says Bush is one of the many talented people in the GOP, but adds: “there are others, too.”
The AP Reports – Authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested for aggravated assault at his home in Lake Mary about 10 p.m. Friday.
Zimmerman was released on a $5,000 bond Saturday afternoon. At a court appearance earlier Saturday, he was ordered to avoid contact with the woman, who was not identified.
The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee has voted unanimously to begin an investigation into whether Representative Trey Radel violated the Code of Official Conduct.
Congressman Radel is currently in a rehabilitation center in Naples, after pleading guilty to a cocaine possession charge in November.
In perhaps a new low for the City of Cape Coral, two residents of Cape Coral dressed up as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin for Halloween, complete with blackface and a blood-stained hoodie.
Greg Cimeno — dressed as Zimmerman and wearing a “neighborhood watch” shirt — and Filene — covering his face in black paint and wearing a sweatshirt covered in blood. Both live in Cape Coral.
Two men have been convicted in the death of a man who was found in woods in New York’s Westchester County in 2011.
Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore said Thursday that 26-year-old Patrick Smith, of Lehigh Acres, Fla. was found guilty of second-degree murder and other charges. Travis Morin, also 26, of Danbury, N.H. was convicted of robbery and unlawful imprisonment.