The Mambo Kings made its orchestral debut 20 years ago with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. And since then, the Latin jazz quintet has become a renowned act on the jazz festival circuit, and a frequent guest ensemble with orchestras around the country. Its blend of Afro-Cuban sounds and rhythms and jazz finesse is expertly crafted, and the band has the ability to easily transform the room's atmosphere from a large orchestral hall into an intimate, Latin American dancehall. The Mambo Kings will join the RPO, and guest vocalist Camille Zamora, for the second half of a concert program of energetic Cuban, Spanish, and Latin-inspired works.
Mambo Kings will perform with the RPO on Friday, February 23, and Saturday, February 24, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs Street. 8 p.m. $24-$84. 454-2100; rpo.org.