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Friday, October 22 at 8:00 PM
Smith Opera House
Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants

Cortadito performs the traditional Cuban music of the early 20th century. From Son MontunoGuarachaBolerosNengon, and Bolero Son, this dynamic ensemble brings the listener back to a time when Trio Matamoros, or Ignacio Piniero ruled the Cuban music world. The era when popular music was Cuban Music and Son Montuno was influencing music throughout the globe. From time to time, Cortadito is backed by a variety of guest musicians, which gives the group a sound reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club.

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Jose Elias founded the band alongside Julio Cesar Rodriguez Delet from Santiago de Cuba in November of 2011 after a 12-year stint with Conjunto Progreso that garnered him a Grammy nomination for his participation in the album Masters of Cuban Son. The duo was an instant success and were invited to perform at the Fingerlakes Grassroots festival in Trumansburg, NY. They released their first CD titled Abriendo Caminos in 2012, which featured one original composition by each of the artists “Delicias Caribeña” (Elias) and “Te Lo Perdiste” (Delet).

They have now released Canciones de Julio on Afro Roots Recordings, written and recorded with the group’s co-founder Delet. Cortadito went back to their roots for the creation of their second EP release, which features five original compositions written by Julio Cesar, including the classic “Casa de la Trova” written by his father Julio Rodriguez. The fine work of double bass player Yorgis Goiricelaya from Matanzas, Cuba is featured throughout the recording. Yorgis is the Musical Director for Albita Rodriguez’s group and also plays bass with the legendary Oscar De Leon.

In June of 2019, Cortadito was named “Best Latin Act” by the Miami New Times in their “Best of Miami” issue. Click here to learn more.

Celebrate Geneva’s Hispanic Heritage! Cortadito’s performance at The Smith is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts and administered locally by Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants (FLCAG) at Auburn Public Theater.

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Box Office, Tickets, and Seating

This show will be seated general admission- first come, first served. Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test is required at admission. Please take this into consideration prior to purchasing your tickets.

The Smith’s box office will be open for in person of over the phone sales Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm. Online tickets can be purchased at any time. All over the phone or online purchases will receive a digital ticket sent to your email. You must have a valid email to purchase tickets for this event.

The Smith’s COVID-19 Policies

By purchasing tickets to this event you agree on behalf of yourself, and all other ticket holders in your party, to abide by The Smith Opera House’s COVID-19 policies. These policies include, but are not limited to: Attendees must provide proof of vaccination or negative test result upon entering our venue. All attendees must follow the directions of theater personnel and should not enter the venue if they display COVID-like symptoms, have recently tested positive, or have been in close contact with anyone with a known case of COVID-19.


Tickets:$20 + fees