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Aldo and Ilmar Gavilán

In-person: Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 4pm

      $45 (adults)
      $15 (students 25 and under)

Streaming Encore: November 21 - December 5, 2021

      $15 per person

This concert is generously co-sponsored by Hudson Todd LLC
and Mr. Aaron B. Freimark and Ms. Sandra L. McKelvey

Ilmar and Aldo López-Gavilán are virtuoso Afro-Cuban musician brothers, born in Havana in the 70s. At 14, Ilmar outgrew his island teachers and was sent to the U.S.S.R. to study violin. He never lived in Cuba again, ultimately landing as a working chamber violinist in the U.S. Ilmar is the founding first violinist of the Harlem String Quartet.

Younger brother Aldo grew up mentored by Cuba’s impressive jazz and classical pianists, his extraordinary talent achieving renown on the island, but stymied elsewhere by the 60-year-old U.S. embargo.

Though they see each other when family finances and visa restrictions allow, they've never had a chance to collaborate musically—something they've longed for all their lives.

Their saga was captured in the documentary film "LOS HERMANOS / THE BROTHERS".


We are very pleased to be able to present
two in-person showings of the film
Los Hermanos / The Brothers
October 10th at 4:00PM and 7:00PM.
at the Howland Cultural Center
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Artist Websites:

    Ilmar Gavilán

    Aldo López-Gavilán


All works composed by Aldo López-Gavilán
   Pajaro Carpintero
   Arboles en el aire
   Quick Tune
   Viernes de Ciudad
   Pan con Timba

 Program is subject to change


 Program Notes 

 About the Artists