Salsa Aids Benefit
"EL CONCIERTO POR LA VIDA"
Gilberto Santa Rosa
Maria Conchita Alonso, Host
Luis Avalos, Director
Oscar Hernandez, Musical Director
Torres, Christy Turlington, Elizabeth Vargas
entertainer Rosie Perez and community advocate
Moise's Agosto for their courageous work
on behalf of people with AlDS.
was really blown away with the appearance
of Rosie Perez who was extremely articulate
and spoke of how she became an activist
for the cause of finding a cure for AIDS.
I doubt if there was a dry eye in the audience
after she spoke.
Cruz and Tito Puente, the highlights of
the EL CONCIERTO POR LA VIDA held on November
16. 1998 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York
City. This show was to benefit The Gay Men's
Health Crisis. I don't think that I ever
attended a performance with as much great
music as this one.
For the grand finalé, Ralphie
Irizarry came on stage to perform on
Pacheco, Tito Puente, Hector Casonova,
Gilberto Santarosa, Ruben Blades, Celia
Cruz, Sophie, Maria Conchita Alonzo, Ralphie
Padron (Cuban music enthusiast), Angel,
Ileana's cousin and Alexis. Angel and Alexis
are mulit-percussionists from the Cuban
band El Medico de la Salsa.