With A Latin Flair

Latin Flair Dance Poster in Three Color Theme

Join the Conroe Symphony Orchestra as they present With a Latin Flair featuring Latin Jazz Singer Ermelinda Cuellar.

Jazz- and Latin music-vocalist Ermelinda Cuellar is known to Houston audiences for her beautiful vocal quality and sophisticated rhythmic feel. Her self released album What a Difference a Day Made ranked as number eight on The Roots Music Report top Latin Jazz Album chart of the year 2022.  Born to Peruvian parents in Texas, Cuellar has been recognized by music critics for her precise intonation, inventive improvisations, and passionate story-telling in both English and Spanish. She works with some of the finest Texan instrumentalists including Andre Hayward, Paul English, and Bob Henshen and in group formats ranging from duo to septet. Cuellar’s 2022 septet album, What A Difference A Day Made, hit the top 3 spot on the Roots Music Report Latin Jazz Chart and received airplay from many JazzWeek-radio programs. Her material ranges from classic jazz standards, bossa nova favorites, Mexican/Latin/South American songs, originals, and even the occasional pop song.

Cuellar has headlined at Houston jazz venues, clubs, outdoor events, regional arts and music festivals. The Trinity Jazz Festival recognized Cuellar as an important woman in jazz by featuring her as one of their Jewels of Jazz, and has invited her to open for artists such as Helen Sung and Roseanna Vitro. Cuellar graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music in 1999. She toured with the Houston Grand Opera’s outreach programs for a year before switching her focus to jazz. Her training and extensive bandstand experience allows her to effortlessly alternate between a powerhouse sound, impressive dexterity, playful fun, and a bewitchingly romantic delivery.

“There is something about Latin American music that is almost irresistible,” Director Gary Liebst said.  “The music has elements that seem to always create some sort of international craze whether it is related to the Argentine tango,  the samba, the conga, or the Bossa Nova, we are always wanting to hear these great dance styles.  The beat, the complicated rhythms and the instrumental colors are so alluring to us.  I am glad to announce that we will be sharing the stage with Latin jazz singer Ermelinda Cuellar who will  give us her interpretation of this great music.”

  • Date : 10/21/2023
  • Time : 2:30 pm (America/Chicago)
  • Venue : First Methodist Church Conroe

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