Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Popular Dedicates Its New Musical Production to El Gran Combo

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Popular (NASDAQ:BPOP) presented to the news media its new musical production, which will be broadcast on Sunday, December 5. The new production “Salsa: A Tribute to El Gran Combo” contains almost an hour of some of the band’s biggest hits performed by various local and international artists.

“With this new production, we pay a well-deserved tribute to the University of Salsa, which is how this iconic group is called. Our mission is to bring joy through their music. It’s not a documentary, but it is a project that shows this Salsa institution and many who appreciate them doing what they love the most, playing music,” said Richard L. Carrión, president and Chief Executive Officer of Popular.

This new musical offering showcases artists such as Edgar Daniel, NG-2, Carolina La O, La India, Willie Colón, Domingo Quiñones, Issac Delgado, Luisito Carrión, Tito Rojas, Michael Stuart, José Alberto “El Canario,” the Symphony Orchestra from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music featuring Roselín Pabón, and El Gran Combo, among others.

As in previous years, the funds raised from CD and DVD sales will go to the Fundación Banco Popular, which will use them for music education for children and young people. The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, the “Escuelas Libres de Música” and the Loaíza Cordero High School, are some of the entities that have benefitted from funds raised from the music specials’ sales.

Isidro Infante was in charge of the music production while Rojo Chiringa did the film production and the Behind the Scenes feature. Reaktor did the post-production and Gabriel Coss edited the special.

The new production will be broadcast not only on local television, but also through the Internet and various TV channels in the United States. Just the same, Popular designed an Internet page in which visitors can learn more about this production at

As part of this tribute, Popular also presented an exhibit dedicated to El Gran Combo, which will remain at the Popular Center’s lobby for the next two months.

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