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Orlando Laureano

Puerto Rican Music Workshop with Orlando Laureano – Sun 4/9 @ 12:00 – 2:00 p.m


Sun 4/9 @ 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
701 Tillery St, Austin TX 78702


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Puerto Rican Music Workshop with Orlando Laureano
The Spanish Guitar and Her Grandsons

Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
701 Tillery St, Austin TX 78702

$35 per person in advance ($50 at the door)

Bring your guitars, cuatros, güiros and voices! This community workshop will include both expert demonstrations and hands-on learning!

Workshop includes:

  • A master music demonstration by Orlando Laureano on cuatro and tiple Puertorriqueño,
  • History of the the Spanish guitar and her grandsons,
  • Instruction on and practice playing and singing rural mountain Jíbaro music.

The Spanish guitar was introduced to Puerto Rico in the late 15th century. The instrument was quickly adopted by the country folk in remote mountain communities. Over time, the design of the guitar was modified, creating unique Puerto Rican descendants—the tiple Puertorriqueño, the cuatro and the bordonua. Together, these stringed instruments became the backbone of the Jíbaro music from the mountains. They were also incorporated into the bailes de salón performed at “upper-class” social gatherings.

About Orlando Laureano

Orlando Laureano is a renowned musical director, arranger, and master musician of cuatro, guitar, and tiple. He is a professor at the Conservatorio de Música in Puerto Rico with more than 25 years of teaching experience and published research on Puerto Rico’s music heritage. Thanks to his efforts, the Conservatorio de Música now offers a Bachelors degree in Cuatro performance.

Laureano’s many theater, radio and television credits include serving as Musical Supervisor for Banco Popular’s 2008 film Eco and a CD with Puerto Rican living legend Andrés Jiménez (“El Jibaro”). Laureano has been part of premier folkloric groups including Ballet Folklorico Areyto and has presented in venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC) and in cities worldwide.

Workshop Location

Puerto Rican Cultural Center
701 Tillery St, Austin TX 78702

Questions? Please send email to for more information.

The Celebrando 2017 heritage project is made possible in part through funding and support by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.