Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and GOYA FOODS is proud to present HÉCTOR ACOSTA and his Concierto Sentimiento Torito for Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 8pm. Known affectionately as “El Torito” (The Little Bull), Héctor Acosta, one of the Dominican Republic’s most well-known bachata and merengue artists, will perform for the first time at Lehman Center his hits such as “Me Voy”, “Sin Perdón”, and “Tu Veneno”. El Torito’s hot new single “Antes Del Lunes” was released on Friday, January 25th, 2019. Concert produced by Lehman Center and José Raposo.
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 HÉCTOR ACOSTA on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 8pm are $125*VIP, $85, $65, $45, and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 4pm 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 6:30pm. 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.
HÉCTOR ACOSTA was born in Bonao, Dominican Republic, and grew up singing in church. After winning a vocal competition at age 15, he started performing with local groups in clubs and festivals where he honed his improvisational ability and developed his stage presence. In 1989 Acosta became the lead singer of Los Toros Band, which released its debut album Se Soltaron los Toros two years later. The album was a such hit on the Dominican merengue music scene that it led to more than two dozen albums over the next 13 years including Caliente (1994), Románticamente (1995) and the landmark album Raices (1997), establishing the band as one of the greatest merengue groups of its time. In 2006, Acosta left to form his own orchestra, releasing the predominately merengue album Sigo Siendo Yo, which spawned the Billboard Hot Latin hits “Me Voy” and “Primavera Azul”. 2008’s Mitad/Mitad followed in the merengue style, went Gold, and featured the song “Sin Perdón” which became a number one hit on the Billboard Tropical Songs Chart. His next #1 hit “Me Vió Llorar”, a duet sung with Jorge Celedón, was included on his 2009 Gold-selling release Simplemente el Torito which wove bachata into the mix, and made the year’s Top Latin Albums list. In 2010, Acosta’s album Obligame, with its hit song “Me Duele la Cabeza”, also went Gold and earned a nomination for the Latin Grammy for Best Tropical Album. Despite a heavy touring schedule, his next release Con el Corazón Abierto (2012) reached #3 on the Tropical Albums chart, while its hit single “Tu Veneno” became Acosta’s third #1 on the Tropical Songs list. In 2015, Acosta was invited to the U.S. White House by President Barack Obama and was presented with an award for his lifetime achievement in music, as well as charitable efforts on behalf of the Dominican community. That same year, he also released the album Merenque y Sentimiento, which included the hits “Amorcito Enfermito” and “O Te Vas Tu O Me Voy Yo”. El Torito’s most recent single “Antes Del Lunes” was released on Friday, January 25th, 2019.
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.