Ana Maria Ruimonte with Huberal Herrera - Rosas Para Lecuona
Ana María Ruimonte, “The Spanish Mezzo & Soprano”, sings the most beautiful songs and romanzas by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. She performed this program in 2016 at The National Opera Center of Opera America in New York with the pianist Robert Wilson. At the invitation of the Ministery of Culture of Cuba, Ana María performed in Cubadisco 2016, with the prestigious pianist Huberal Herrera at the Teatro Auditorio of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes of Havana, and by invitation and nomination for a Cubadisco award, returned to Havana and Santiago de Cuba to present the new CD, Rosas para Lecuona.
Ernesto Lecuona (1865-1963) was a prolific composer of songs and music for stage and film. His works integrated Afro-Cuban and Cuban rhythms with classical, pop and jazz. Many songs are still very famous throughout the Spanish speaking world. In 1942 Siempre en mi Corazón (Always in my Heart) received an Oscar nomination for Best Song. Among his many other hits, Malagueña and Siboney are perhaps best known in the US.. Ernesto Lecuona lived his final years mostly in the U.S. and is buried near New York City.
Huberal Herrera was born in Holguín, Cuba, in 1929. He met and became a friend and collaborator with Ernesto Lecuona. Also a Diplomatic Lawyer, Herrera received many awards for National Culture including Diploma del Mérito, Cuba’s Gold Medal for his educational work , and the Cubadisco 2009 Honor Award. He founded the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba. In Huberal Herrera, the music of Lecuona has found its most faithful and refined performer. In Spain, Herrera made the first comprehensive recording of the piano works of Ernesto Lecuona, released internationally as a three CD collection on DECCA and SGAE’s Author label.